Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky presented Ukraine’s famous mine sniffing dog Patron and his owner with a medal in Kyiv on Sunday to recognise their dedicated service since Russia’s invasion. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also present on the occassion.
UKRAINE,RUSSIA: More than 60 people were feared dead Sunday after a Russian bomb flattened a school being used as a shelter, Ukrainian officials said, while Moscow’s forces kept up their attack on defenders inside Mariupol’s steel plant in an apparent race to capture the city ahead of Russia’s Victory Day holiday.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “appalled” by the reported school bombing Saturday in the eastern village of Bilohorivka and called it another reminder that “it is civilians that pay the highest price” in war.
Authorities said about 90 people had been taking shelter in the basement. Emergency crews found two bodies and rescued 30 people, but “most likely all 60 people who remain under the rubble are now dead,” Serhiy Haidai, governor of Luhansk province, wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
Meanwhile, Russia celebrated its 1945 victory over Nazi Germany yesterday with a show of military might as its army battles Kyiv’s forces in the east of Ukraine.
But as huge missiles were towed through Moscow’s Red Square and a planned flyover featured fighter jets showing support for the war, Ukraine will be desperately battling to stop a hoped-for military breakthrough.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky presented Ukraine’s famous mine sniffing dog Patron and his owner with a medal on Sunday (May 8) to recognise their dedicated service since Russia’s invasion.
The pint-size Jack Russell terrier has been credited with detecting more than 200 explosives and preventing their detonation since the start of the war on Feb 24, quickly becoming a canine symbol of Ukrainian patriotism.
Zelensky made the award at a news conference in Kyiv with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Patron barked and wagged his tail, prompting laughter from the audience. Trudeau patted his pockets as though looking for a dog treat.
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