Ukraine: why Zelensky decorated a small dog with great pomp


“II sent the powder as a person. He is a Ukrainian fighter unlike any other President Volodymyr Zelensky was awarded a medal of honor on Monday, May 9th. This is a dog! Patron – that’s his name – has been rewarded for his hard work and bravery since the start of the war in Ukraine. This Jack Russel terrier has been converted into a demining dog and, according to its owner, has been able to spot more than 200 explosive devices since February 24, reports BFMTV.

Volodymyr Zelensky presented his Medal of Honor to Patron in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a visit to Kyiv. Mikhail, the master of the intrepid little dog, was also decorated at this beautiful ceremony.

Mikhail, head of the Chernihiv demining brigade, told BFMTV that Patron was not originally a “service dog,” but simply a family dog. He is “trained for hunting” and was able, according to his walks with Mikhail, to develop his scent.

Boss, very invested in the mission

Boss quickly took the fold of his new mission and he is proud of his master. “He smells like powder!” So when he finds it, he barks to report it to us, and then we take over, ā€¯Mikhail explained with great pride.

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In addition to these dogs turned into little soldiers, Ukrainians are doing everything they can to save their pets, which are not left out at all, but rather cherished as never before. Thousands of dogs or cats have been displaced by their masters and the stray animals that remain in the affected cities are still protected by civilians.

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