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Watch: Ukraine's smallest fighter has found over 200 Russian explosives. Meet Patron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave the medal to Patron in Kyiv with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau where the tiny dog barked and wagged his tail, prompting laughter from the audience.

May 12, 2022 / 07:59 PM IST
Patron received a medal from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in recognition of their service to the country.

Patron received a medal from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in recognition of their service to the country.


Ukraine's smallest fighter against the Russian invasion arrived in the form of a tiny Jack Russell terrier - Patron.

The two-year-old dog has sniffed out more than 200 undetonated explosive devices allegedly planted by the Russian forces and was recently presented with a state award.

Patron and his owner, Mykhailo Iliev of the Civil Protection Service, received a medal from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday, in recognition of their service to the country.

Zelenskiy gave the award at a news conference in Kyiv with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau where Patron barked and wagged his tail, prompting laughter from the audience. Trudeau was even seen patting his pockets as though looking for a dog treat.

"Today, I want to award those Ukrainian heroes who are already clearing our land of mines. And together with our heroes, a wonderful little sapper - Patron - who helps not only to neutralize explosives, but also to teach our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a mine threat," Zelenskiy said in a statement after the ceremony.

Later that day, Zelenskyy described Patron as "a small but very famous sapper," or military engineer.

Patron -- in his pint-sized protective vest -- has become a symbol of patriotism. He has even inspired an outpouring of fan art in the form of illustrations and his Instagram page has more than 220,000 followers.
Ukraine's Center for Strategic Communications has also announced that his story will one day be turned into a movie.

The terrier was professionally trained to showcase how dogs can be trained to perform specific tasks, but focused at the start of the war to learning how to sniff out explosives, a report in TODAY stated.



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first published: May 12, 2022 07:11 pm
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