President Volodymr Zelensky on Sunday honored a service dog named Patron, who the Ukrainian government says has discovered hundreds of explosive devices since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
In a video posted on Telegram by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, Zelensky, standing next to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, presents what appears to be a medal to the 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. Trudeau paid a surprise visit to kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, on Sunday.
“Ukrainian President @ZelenskyyUa decorated the Patron of the Army Service Dog in the presence of the Chief of Canada @JustinTrudeau“, the wall street journal journalist Bojan Pancevski wrote in a tweet on Sunday, sharing the video.
In an April 21 tweet, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that Patron is a service dog in the city of Chernihiv.
“He discovered more than 150 explosive devices in #Ukraine from full scale #Russian the invasion has begun. Patron works closely with deminers to make #Ukrainian cities safe again. Thank you very much for your service!” the ministry said.
In a tweet on May 1, the Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security posted a video of Patron searching for explosives.
“Boss the dog continues to work hard – just yesterday he helped defuse 262 explosive devices near #chernihiv. We are very proud of our very good boy,” the center said.
In another April 30 tweet, the center shared a photo of Patron with a young girl.
“Everyone in Ukraine knows Patron, the little pup with a big responsibility – he searches for landmines to help defuse them. In his spare time, Patron also does charity work – here he takes in children from the hospital children’s Okhmatdyt in Kyiv,” he added. tweeted.
During his visit to Ukraine on Sunday, Trudeau accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of committing “heinous war crimes” and announced a round of military aid, according to the CBC.
“Putin and his accomplices will fail. Ukraine will win,” Trudeau said.
Later on Sunday, the Canadian Prime Minister tweeted: “We have seen the destruction caused by Putin, but we have also seen the strength and courage of Ukrainians – and as they continue to fight, we will continue to support them. “
Also on Sunday, Zelensky posted a video for Victory Day – a public holiday in Europe commemorating the end of World War II – and compared Russia’s actions to those of Nazi Germany.
He said that “Decades after World War II, darkness returned to Ukraine. And it was black and white again. Evil returned…in a different uniform, under different slogans, but in the same goal”.
Newsweek contacted the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry for comment.