“Our little hero”… Zelensky awarded medal for detection dog that found 200 mines

35cm Russell Terrier… More than 200 explosives were detected in the North.
Active on social media becomes famous… Zelensky “Small but famous engineer”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a visit to Ukraine’s capital Kiiu on the 8th (local time). UPI Yonhap News

A detection dog that discovered more than 200 landmines after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was awarded a medal by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

According to foreign media such as the Washington Post (WP) on the 9th (local time), President Zelensky gave a national anthem to Patron (2), a mine detection dog in northern Ukraine, Chernivu, during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the capital Kiiu the day before. awarded the medal.

“I want to reward the Ukrainian heroes who are clearing mines from our land,” Zelensky said. “Patron is a small but very famous engineer.”

Patron barked excitedly and wags his tail as he entered the ceremony. Trudeau even pretended to find a snack, tapping his pocket.

The medal was received on behalf of Major Mihailo Iliyeu, who manages Patron.

The military dog ​​Patron was awarded a medal by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the 8th (local time). AP Yonhap News

Patron is a Russell Terrier measuring about 35 cm tall and has become a symbol of Ukrainian patriotism since the outbreak of the war on February 24, after finding more than 200 explosives. The name Patron means ‘ammunition box’.

Last month, US politicians and military analysts said Russia used anti-personnel mines and modified vehicle mines in residential and agricultural areas of Ukraine. In particular, experts have pointed out that as the Russian military left the northwest to focus on the offensive in the southeast, landmines were planted everywhere to slaughter the Mingin people.

Patron is helping Ukraine’s National Emergency Service (SES) clear Russian mines and explosives, and is being mobilized for explosive awareness training for children in northern Kiiu. After completing the mission, Patron is given a cheese snack and a reward for rubbing his stomach.

In particular, it became famous on social media (SNS) through the Chernhiu explosives expert, north of Kiiu, and gained more than 200,000 followers. Millions of people around the world watched the video of Patron waving his tail excitedly in search of explosives.

A dog’s sense of smell is several times greater than that of a human, capable of detecting explosive substances, metals and plastics contained in land mines. Because of this, many dogs have been used to clear mines since World War II.

Experts say the dog’s ability is particularly effective in conflict areas where it is difficult to clear mines with standard metal detectors because of the large amount of debris.