The bomb sniffer Jack Russell Terrier was awarded the service medal by the Ukrainian Zelenskyy

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Patron, a Jack Russell Terrier in Ukrainereceived a service medal Sunday from the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskii for helping the country’s army clear mines and explosive equipment.

The engineer dog helped Ukrainian forces to liberate previously occupied areas Russia‘s military and helped teach Ukrainian children the “safety rules necessary in a mine-affected area,” reported the Kyiv Independent.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy award the “Patron” service dog at a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine on May 8, 2022.
(Ukrainian presidential press service / Pantry via Reuters)

“Today I want to reward those Ukrainian heroes who are already clearing our land of mines. And together with our heroes, a wonderful little genius – Patron – who helps not only neutralize explosives but also teach our children the necessary safety rules. in Areas where there is a threat of mines, “Zelenskyy said at a ceremony, Reuters reported.

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Zelenskyy also acknowledged Patron’s “selfless service”, as shown in a video of the ceremony.

According to the report, the owner of the patron Myhailo Iliev, an important of the civil protection service, was also awarded during the ceremony.

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The sapper dog helped Ukrainian forces liberate areas previously occupied by the Russian army.

The sapper dog helped Ukrainian forces liberate areas previously occupied by the Russian army.
(Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry tweeted last weekend that Patron helped the fireworks in Chernihiv clear over 260 explosive devices.

The bomb sniffer dog also met with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the surprise visit of the head of state to Ukraine on Sunday.

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The Camera-loving Patron has over 214,000 followers Instagram.

A deminer and his explosive sniffer dog Patron stand next to the unexploded material at an airport in the Kiev region on May 5, 2022. (Sergei Supinsky / AFP via Getty Images)

A deminer and his explosive sniffer dog Patron stand next to the unexploded material at an airport in the Kiev region on May 5, 2022. (Sergei Supinsky / AFP via Getty Images)