Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security announced that the Jack Russell terrier, named Patron, “helped defuse nearly 90 explosive devices since the beginning of the full-scale invasion”. They added: “One day, Patron’s story will be turned into a film, but for now, he is faithfully performing his professional duties.”
The two-year-old terrier works with State Emergency Service (SES) rescuers in Chernihiv, in the north of Ukraine.
He was branded “the mascot of Chernihiv” by the SES.
They shared more pictures of the dog to their Facebook page on Tuesday, calling him “our pyrotechnic dog Patron, who is loved by both adults and children”.
Patron has fans across Ukraine, shown by the dozens of illustrations of the hero dog drawn by people across the country.