Video Shows Zelensky Awarding Beloved Bomb-Sniffing Dog as Trudeau Looks On

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 made a surprise visit to Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, on Sunday.

"Ukraine president @ZelenskyyUa decorated the army service dog Patron in the presence of Canada's leader @JustinTrudeau," Wall Street Journal reporter Bojan Pancevski wrote in a tweet Sunday, sharing the video.

In a tweet on April 21, Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Patron is a service dog in the city of Chernihiv.

Video Shows Zelensky Awarding Beloved Bomb-Sniffing Dog
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday honored a service dog named Patron whom the Ukrainian government says has discovered hundreds of explosive devices left by Russia. Above, Zelensky (center) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) honor the dog on May 8 in Kyiv. Alexey Furman

"He has discovered over 150 explosive devices in #Ukraine since full scale #Russian invasion began. Patron works closely with deminers to make #Ukrainian cities safe again. Thank you so much for your service!" the ministry stated.

In a tweet on May 1, Ukraine's Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security posted a video of Patron digging for explosives.

"Patron the dog keeps working hard — just yesterday, he helped defuse 262 items of explosive ordnance near #Chernihiv. We are very proud of our very good boy," the centre stated.

In another tweet on April 30, the centre shared a photo of Patron with a young girl.

"Everyone in Ukraine knows Patron, the tiny pup with a big responsibility — he looks for landmines to help defuse them. In his spare time, Patron also does charity work — here, he is greeting children from Okhmatdyt children's hospital in Kyiv," it 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 prevail," Trudeau stated.

Later Sunday, the Canadian prime minister tweeted: "We saw the destruction caused by Putin, but we also saw the strength & courage of Ukrainians – and as they continue to fight, we'll continue to support them."

Also on Sunday, Zelensky released a video for Victory Day—a 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 Two, darkness has returned to Ukraine. And it became black and white again. Evil has returned...in a different uniform, under different slogans, but for the same purpose."

Newsweek has reached out to Ukraine's foreign ministry for comment.