Updated 06:57 AM EST, Tue, Jan 18, 2022

Good Guy Russia Gives France a Puppy After Untimely Death of Police Dog During Paris Raid

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Russia has given France a new puppy to honor Diesel, a seven-year-old Belgian shepherd police dog that died in November during a terror raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

In the handover ceremony at the French embassy in Moscow on Monday, Russia gave France a German shepherd puppy named Dobrynya to be trained as a K9 police dog, Mashable reported.

"The puppy you are giving us today will replace Diesel and proves your friendship," said French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert during the ceremony, as reported by CNN from Russian news agency, TASS. "They are waiting for this puppy in Paris."

Ripert called Dobrynya a "living symbol of the strong ties of friendship and cooperation" between the two nations, according to ABC News.

Russia first offered Dobrynya to France last month. "He [Dobrynya] was named in honor of the Russian epic hero Dobrynya, which is the embodiment of strength, goodness, valor and selfless assistance," reads a translation of an Instagram post from Elena Alekseeva of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, as quoted in a separate report from Mashable. "The puppy will be given to France in solidarity with the French people and the police in the fight against terrorism."

Diesel's death in the police raid came five days after 130 people were killed a series of terror attacks in Paris, CNN wrote. Two terrorists died during the raid, including the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and a relative, Hasna Ait Boulahcen.

"When we arrived there were a lot of exchanges of fire and grenades exploding. Then it was calm," Diesel's handler recounted to RMC radio, as translated by Daily Mail. "It was almost abnormal. After a few minutes we decided to send in the dog ... to see if the zone was clear. He did a tour of the first room, then he went into the second room and dashed forward. I think he'd found someone. Then I lost sight of him and the gunfire started again."

After the operation, Police Nationale, France's national police force, confirmed the Diesel's death through a series of tweets, revealing that he was "killed by terrorists" during the raid while the canine was assisting police in the "indispensable" task of searching for explosives, CBC reported. Users used the hashtags, #JeSuisDiesel and #JeSuisChien, to pay tribute to the deceased dog.

Diesel's death prompted Russia to unveil a body armor for police dogs. The new jacket, called the "Nord body armor," was designed by St. Petersburg-based Scientific Production Association of Special Materials, or NPO, and consisted of two parts: one for protecting a canine's neck and chest and additional armor for the legs and head if required, Daily Mail reported.

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