A famous Ukrainian bomb-sniffing dog received an award from President Volodymyr Zelensky at a ceremony in Kyiv on May 8.
Zelensky awarded Patron, whom he described as “a small but very famous sapper,” and his owner Myhailo Iliev with the “For Dedicated Service” state medal.
Zelensky described Patron as “a dog who helps clean our land from the traces of the occupiers and who also helps teach children mine safety.”
Patron, whose name means “ammo” in Ukrainian, became a national figure for his work with bomb disposal teams in the northern city of Chernihiv since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February.
The two-year-old Jack Russel terrier is credited with uncovering over 250 Russian explosives with the State Emergency Services (SES).
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was present at the awarding ceremony as he made an unannounced visit to Kyiv.
In a video shared by SES, Trudeau appeared to search for treats in his pockets but found none.
“[Patron] was extremely pleased to meet a true friend of Ukraine, even though Mr. Trudeau did not find a piece of Patron’s favorite cheese,” SES said on social media.
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