Around 20 people are hostage in a bus in Ukraine

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Local Ukrainian police say a man armed with a firearm and possibly explosives has barricaded himself on a bus with around 20 people on board in the town of Lutsk in north western Ukraine.

Police are reportedly negotiating with the man by phone. They have found posts online from the man where he writes about his “dissatisfaction with the system in Ukraine”. Gunshots were heard. Authorities including President, say „everything is being done so that the situation is resolved without casualties.” A deputy interior minister, Anton Gerashchenko, confirmed that around 20 people have been taken hostage on the bus. The hostage-taker has said he is armed and that the bus is rigged to explode. the hostage-taker forced the hostages to call the police at 9:25 a.m. local time and introduced himself as “Maksim Plokhoi”, ‘Plokhoi’ in Russian means “Bad”.

Counter-terrorism officers have surrounded the bus and cordoned off the city center. Police spokesman Yurii Kroshko said it was still unclear what the man wanted. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was closely following the situation. Interior minister Arsen Avakov is on his way to Lutsk. The hostage taker is not known to police.

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