Patron, a bomb-sniffing Jack Russell terrier, wagged his tail and barked as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky awarded the 2-year-old pup a medal on Sunday for his bomb-detection services.
President Volodymyr Zelensky honored the bomb-sniffing dog Patron on Sunday. The dog, whose name means “ammo” in Ukrainian, helps sniff out Russian mines and explosives in the northeastern city of Chernihiv, Ukraine. https://t.co/jcCLLtVEZ0 pic.twitter.com/GtDqfCrGod
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From the Washington Post:
The pint-size Jack Russell terrier has won hearts at home and abroad since the start of Russia’s invasion for his role sniffing out land mines and educating children about the dangers posed by the explosives, which Russian troops scattered along their path of retreat from northern Ukraine.
Describing him as a “small but very famous sapper,” Zelensky said in a statement after the ceremony that teaching children to avoid land mines “is now one of the most urgent tasks.”
Zelenskyy noted on Sunday that since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, Patron has helped detect more than 200 explosive devices.
Dogs have a long history of locating land mines, unexploded bombs and improvised devices during conflicts around the world, thanks to their keen sense of smell.
Patron, the Jack Russell terrier trained to sniff out bombs in Ukraine, was honored by President Zelenskyy on Sunday, alongside several human personnel. According to Reuters, Patron has helped locate more than 200 explosives in Ukraine since the start of the war. pic.twitter.com/z4farqZA2r
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Patron, a tiny but mighty Jack Russell terrier, has been saving lives in Ukraine and gaining fans around the world. The two-year-old works with State Emergency Service rescuers in the northern city of Chernihiv, where he sniffs out Russian bombs. pic.twitter.com/bPWcd2dg8p
— James Tate (@JamesTate121) April 21, 2022
Patron, whose name means “ammo” in Ukrainian, helps sniff out Russian mines and explosives in the northeastern city of Chernihiv and acts as a mascot of the country’s State Emergency Service. https://t.co/yZdXb1y5tF
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