A man armed and carrying explosives has taken Tuesday as a hostage twenty passengers of a bus in Lutsk, a city in the west of Ukraine, announced the regional police.
“A man took control of a bus with twenty passengers aboard, in the center of Lutsk, he has explosives and weapons”, said the regional police on Facebook.
On his side, a head of local police said on the social network Telegram that shots were fired, no victim reported.
The center of Lutsk, a city of a little more than 200 000 inhabitants, has been closed to traffic, according to the ministry of Interior of ukraine.
Images broadcast by local media show the minibus at the stop, two of his damaged glasses and the curtains of the passengers closed. Heavily armed police officers were deployed around the scene.
The lessee of a hostage called the police and was presented under the name of Maxime Plokhoï, said on Facebook the vice-minister of the Interior Anton Guerachtchenko, without specifying that they would be his claims, or his motivations.
“We are negotiating. We hope to settle by negotiation”, he told AFP, citing the “complex mental state” of the policyholder hostage.
On Facebook, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky has responded to “new disturbing coming of Lutsk”.
“Everything is done to resolve the situation without that there is no victim”, he said while the minister of the Interior, Arsen Avakov, left, emergency to Lutsk.