Ukrainian Mine Sniffer Dog Medal awarded by Zelenskiy | world news

KYIV (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy presented famous Ukrainian mine-sniffing dog Patron and his owner with a medal on Sunday in recognition of their dedicated service since the invasion of Russia.

The pint-sized Jack Russell terrier has been credited with detecting more than 200 explosives and preventing them from detonating since the war began on February 24, quickly becoming a canine symbol of Ukrainian patriotism.

Zelenskiy presented the award during a press conference in Kyiv with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Boss barked and wagged his tail, causing laughter from the audience. Trudeau patted his pockets like he was looking for a dog treat.

“Today I want to reward those Ukrainian heroes who are already demining our country. And together with our heroes, a wonderful little sapper – Patron – who not only helps to neutralize explosives, but also teaches our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a threat of mines,” Zelenskiy said in a statement after the ceremony.

The prize was also awarded to the owner of Patron, a major of the civil protection service, Myhailo Iliev.

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(Reporting by Tom Balmforth in Kyiv and by Oleksandr Kozhukhar in Lviv; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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