'Saved so many lives' Hero Ukrainian dog immortalised in mural as he dons traditional garb

A DOG involved in Ukraine's explosive detection efforts has been immortalised in a dramatic mural, shortly after he appeared dressed in a traditional Ukrainian outfit.

Ukraine: Patron the mine-sniffing dog is awarded medal

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Ukrainian YouTube channel, Toronto Television, posted an image of the mural, rendered on a wall of a stadium in a city in west Ukraine . They posted on Twitter: “Uzhhorod artist Kateryna Tuz created a Mural with the most famous sapper of Ukraine, the dog "Patron", on the wall of "Avangard" stadium in Uzhgorod (West of Ukraine), the State Emergency Service reported.”

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The post received an outpouring of appreciation, with one Twitter user, @MarieM16779289, writing: "That's beautiful.

"That dog must have saved so many lives."

This comes as Ukrainian news outlet Euromaidan Press publicises an adorable photo of the service dog in traditional Ukrainian dress.Jack Russell terrier Patron looks into the camera, decked out in a miniature embroidered shirt, known as a vyshyvanka.

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Patron was honoured by Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky (Image: Twitter/ @EuromaidanPress/ @tvtoront)

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Euromaidan Press has previously hailed Patron the 'heart and soul of the Chernihiv pyrotechnic team' (Image: Twitter/ Euromaidan Press)The account tweeted: “Service dog "Patron" in national Ukrainian clothes - Vyshyvanka.“‘Patron’ works in a team of pyrotechnicians of the State Emergency Service, Chernihiv Oblast.

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“On May 9, he received an award for his work from President Zelensky.”Patron has been working as a service dog with the bomb units in Ukraine for a number of years.READ MORE: Moscow in FLAMES: 'Suspicious' explosion as factory burns

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Another mural of Patron was created in Kyiv (Image: Getty)

Specialising in sniffing out hidden mines, he has reportedly discovered almost 100 potentially deadly explosive devices.

Euromaiden Press has previously hailed Patron the “heart and soul of the Chernihiv pyrotechnic team”.The organisation tweeted, alongside a photo of the brave pup: “Patron hard at work!

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“Meet Patron (Cartridge), 2 y.o pyrotechnic detection dog, the heart & soul of the Chernihiv pyrotechnic team.DON'T MISS:Ukraine LIVE: 3k Brits fight against Putin- 250 Russians killed in day [LIVE] UK to send MORE weapons to Ukraine as EU's support exposed [REPORT] Brexit POLL: Would YOU vote in a Brexit referendum on REJOINING EU? [VOTE]
Service dog "Patron" in national Ukrainian clothes - Vyshyvanka."Patron" works in a team of pyrotechnicians of the State Emergency Service, Chernihiv Oblast. On May 9, he received an award for his work from President Zelenskyy.https://t.co/tWsFcZkxP4 pic.twitter.com/5YVRhhzfT8— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress)

“Patron accompanies them everywhere.

“He loves cheese, so our guys sometimes give him a special treat.”

Patron was also referenced on the official Facebook page of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, describing how “he helps his owner every day in the fight against the dangerous consequences of military actions”.

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The post added: “The little dog, which has already become a true symbol of fighting the giant Kremlin murder machine, has travelled several hundred miles and met those who are just as desperately in need of support during this scary time”.

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The page added: “The war will surely end and every boy and girl who can finally walk freely in their beloved streets should know that the enemy has left behind many insidious "gifts".

“And we remind you: Great heroes are not necessarily big, but explosive objects are necessarily dangerous.”

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The post ended on a light-hearted note, adding: “Remember! Every time you don't follow the rules of safe behaviour with explosive objects - somewhere in Chernihiv region one Patron is upset.”

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