Armed man takes Ukrainian bus passengers hostage

An armed man has seized a bus in western Ukraine and taken about 20 people on board hostage, police say.

Police blocked off the center of the western city of Lutsk after the man — who said he was armed with weapons and was carrying explosives — took control of the bus on Tuesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Facebook that “shots were heard, the bus was damaged,” adding, “Every effort is being made to resolve the situation without casualties. I keep the course of events under personal control.”

The assailant’s demands were not immediately known.

Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said in a statement on Facebook that the man, who called the police himself after seizing the bus at 9:25 am (0725 GMT), had introduced himself as Maksim Plokhoy.

Gerashchenko said there was a book online signed by Maksim Plokhoy and titled “Philosophy of a criminal,” depicting a man’s experience in jail.

“For 15 years they’ve been correcting me, but I haven’t been corrected, on the contrary — I’ve become even more who I am,” Gerashchenko quoted one extract from the book as saying.

Source: Press TV

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