One puppy is rightfully being honored for his service to Ukraine.
On Instagram, the Ukrainian Ministry shared a photo of a puppy named Patron, who was honored with a military award for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for his service to the country while battling the current Russian invasion.
A Puppy Named Patron Is Awarded For His Military Service To Ukraine
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“Nothing but Ukrainian sapper dog Patron after receiving a military award from President Zelenskyy 🐾” they wrote in the caption. “The dog helped to detect over 200 (!) explosives and helps to teach children about mines.”
“Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, had a great chance to congratulate Patron in person too 🙂” they added.
Justin Trudeau Spreads Patron’s Bravery Around The World
Meet Patron. He has already helped Ukrainian forces detect more than 200 explosives, and he helps teach children about mines. The other day, President @ZelenskyyUa honoured him – and his owner – for all that they have done and for all that they continue to do. pic.twitter.com/MHz5yMXKi1
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 11, 2022
On Twitter, the Canadian Prime Minister shared a photo of the brave pup. He tweeted, “Meet Patron. He has already helped Ukrainian forces detect more than 200 explosives, and he helps teach children about mines. The other day, President @ZelenskyyUa honoured him – and his owner – for all that they have done and for all that they continue to do.”
The famous Ukrainian demining dog “Patron” taking a nap during a joint press conference. pic.twitter.com/wYNmAYlxPE
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) May 7, 2022
It seems that Patron must really be working around the clock, as one fan posted a photo of the adorable pup taking a snooze during a joint press conference.
— 🇺🇦Bohdan | ボグダン (@bohdandj) April 30, 2022
Another fan shared even more photos of the “legendary sapper dog” out in the field, actively hunting for bombs.
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Back in April, their official Instagram account had posted another photo of Patron taking a snooze.
“It is midnight in Ukraine,” they captioned the snap. “Brave and hard-working dog-deminer Patron wishes you calm sleep and sweet dreams ✨”
Patron the Dog is at our service here pic.twitter.com/gjRqikNJWZ
— Illia Ponomarenko 🇺🇦 (@IAPonomarenko) May 5, 2022
Defense reporter with The Kyiv Independent, Illia Ponomarenko also posted a photo with Patron, saying that he is “at our service here” in the above snap.
Watch Patron Receive His Ukraine Military Medal From President Zelenskyy
— olexander scherba🇺🇦 (@olex_scherba) May 8, 2022
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Austria Olexander Scherba, also posted a video to mark the occasion. He tweeted, “Patron the dog, the legend of this war, got his presidential award today, too. How cute is that!”
Yes, Patron says defend & #StandWithUkraine!#StopPutin’s double-crossing of Russia’s promise to Ukraine & the U.S. & UK on the #BudapestMemorandum & to all “to respect the independence & sovereignty & the existing borders of Ukraine” & “refrain from the threat or use of force”! https://t.co/gt92O2evIV
— Janette Dean 🇺🇸 #StopPutin & defend ALL! (@JanetteD) May 9, 2022
One fan added to the post with yet another video of Patron working out in the field, proving that everyone is doing their part to defend Ukraine’s freedom.