Russia Sends Puppy to France to Honor Fallen Police Dog Named Diesel

dobrynia, russian police puppy. Twitter

The world tweeted messages of support when a police dog was killed during a police raid in Paris last week. In a show of solidarity, the Russian Interior Ministry is sending a German shepherd puppy to France to one day fill the void left by Diesel, the 7-year-old Belgian Malinois who died in the raid.

"This little dog is ... called Dobrynia. He was named in honor of the legendary Russian hero Dobrynia, who is the personification of strength, kindness, bravery and selflessness," said Elena Alekseyeva, spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry, on her Instagram page. "This dog will be sent to France as a sign of solidarity with the French people and the French police in the fight against terrorism."

Diesel was part of the elite French Research, Assistance, Intervention and Deterrence unit. He died during a siege targeting terrorists involved in the Paris attacks. Diesel was sent into an apartment ahead of officers, where police say he was shot and killed by terrorists and likely saved the life of his handler.

Tributes poured in for Diesel on social media under the hashtag #JeSuisDiesel and #JeSuisChien.

Diesel the French police dog
Diesel was a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois and part of an elite French anti-terrorism unit. Police Nationale