Meet Patron – a very brave boy who works tirelessly to save lives in war-torn Ukraine.
Video footage shows the Jack Russell terrier enthusiastically searching forest areas in search of landmines and other explosives.
The two-year-old service dog gets fresh food at the end of the day, which makes it all worth it for him.
Patron – whose name means ‘ball’ in Ukrainian – has done such a good job that the country’s Foreign Ministry gave him a special thank you on social media.
In a tweet with a picture of the dog, the department said: ‘Patron is a service dog in Chernihiv. He has discovered over 150 explosive devices in Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion began.
‘Patron works closely with deminers to make Ukrainian cities safe again. Thank you very much for your service, ‘the ministry wrote in a tweet with a picture of Patron.’
Ukraine’s State Emergency Management Agency (SES) praised him as a ‘good boy’ for helping pyrotechnicians in the Chernihiv region clear the area of ’Russian gifts’.
“Pay attention, look under your feet, and do not offend Patron,” the Civil Defense and Rescue Agency said in a notice.
The Center for Strategic Communication and Information Security shared footage of the dog hard at work: ‘One day, Patron’s story will be turned into a movie, but so far he is faithfully performing his professional duties.’
Russia has been widely accused of using weapons against not only soldiers but also civilians in Ukraine since launching its invasion on 24 February.
The Kremlin continues to refuse to attack civilians, despite the fact that more and more mass graves filled with corpses are being discovered across the country.
Since Russia began its full-scale invasion, the UN has registered 5,718 civilian casualties, but the true number may be much higher as more bodies are found.
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