Ukrainian mine sniffing dog Patronage awarded a medal by Zelensky

President Kieu-Wolodymyr Zelensky presented a medal to Ukraine’s famous mine-detecting dog Patron and his owner on Sunday to honor his devoted service since the invasion of Russia.

The pint-sized Jack Russell Terrier, which has detected more than 200 explosives since the start of the war on February 24 and is said to have prevented the explosion, quickly became a symbol of Ukrainian patriotic dogs.

Zelenskyy won the award at a press conference in Kieu with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Patron bark and shook his tail, laughing at the audience. Trudeau tapped his pocket as if he was looking for a dog treat.

Service dog of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky "patron"
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky commended the service dog “Patron” at a press conference on May 8, 2022, as Russia’s attacks on Ukraine continued in Kieu, Ukraine.

“Today I would like to confer to a Ukrainian hero who has already wiped out our mines. And with our hero, there is a mine threat as well as neutralizing explosives. Patron, a wonderful little engineer who helps teach children the safety rules needed in the area, “Zelensky said in a post-ceremony statement.

The award was also given to Myhailo Ilev, the owner of Patronage, a major in civil protection services.

By Tom Balmforth and Oleksandr Kozhukhar