Heroes come in all forms, sizes, and species.
A 2 year old Jack Russell Terrier called Patron is being celebrated for his work saving lives in Ukraine as Russia’s invasion of the nation stretches into its 3rd month.
Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues after its forces released a large-scale invasion on Feb. 24– the first major land conflict in Europe in decades.
According to NPR, as part of Patron’s duties with the State Emergency Service (SES) rescuers in the north Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, the pet seeks explosives left throughout Russia’s attacks.
The news outlet included that since the invasion of Ukraine started, Patron has assisted neutralize about 90 explosive devices.
Brave Patron has gained a remarkable follower base on social networks for his skills and wonderful appearance.
On Tuesday, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine shared photos on Facebook of Patron for his followers to enjoy, including a shot of a child holding the famous dog. The company referred to the pet as its “pyrotechnic canine Patron, that is loved by both adults and children.”
In a Twitter post on March 19, the Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security shared a video revealing Patron at work in his protective vest.
” A canine called Patron, who works with SES rescuers in Chernihiv, has helped defuse almost 90 explosive devices because the beginning of the full-scale invasion,” read the tweet. “One day, Patron’s story will certainly be turned into a film, but for now, he is faithfully doing his professional duties.”
The invasion, ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has actually drawn condemnation around the world and increasingly severe economic sanctions against Russia.
With NATO forces massing in the area around Ukraine, different countries have actually also promised help or military assistance to the resistance. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy required peace talks– up until now unsuccessful– while urging his country to fight back.
Putin insists Ukraine has historic connections to Russia and he is acting in the most effective security interests of his nation. Zelenskyy vowed not to bend.
” No one is going to break us, we’re strong, we’re Ukrainians,” he told the European Union in a speech in the very early days of the fighting, adding, “Life will win over death. And light will win over darkness.”
The Russian attack on Ukraine is an evolving story, with information transforming rapidly. Follow PEOPLE’s complete coverage of the war here, including stories from residents on the ground and ways to help.