The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service of Ukraine opened two criminal cases against the man who took hostages in Lutsk, he is charged with taking hostages, encroaching on the life of a law enforcement officer, illegal handling of weapons and a terrorist attack, the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the country said on Tuesday evening.
On Tuesday, a man in the center of Lutsk hijacked a bus with about 20 passengers, he was carrying explosives and weapons, which the Ukrainian Security Council qualified as a terrorist attack.
According to law enforcement officials, the attacker put forward general requirements and expressed dissatisfaction with the system, demanded, in particular, that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy record a video message in which he urged to watch the film “Earthlings”. After negotiations, which lasted more than 10 hours, Zelensky fulfilled the demand, after which all 13 hostages who were on the bus were released, no one was hurt. The man was detained, a measure of restraint will be chosen for him. “On the fact of taking hostages in Lutsk, the police opened criminal proceedings under article 147 of the Criminal Code (taking hostages), article 348 (encroachment on the life of a law enforcement officer), article 263 (illegal handling of weapons). The SBU has opened criminal proceedings under Article 258 (Terrorist act), “the ministry’s website says.