KYIV, Ukraine —
An armed man who took more than a dozen hostages on a prolonged-distance bus in Ukraine’s western city of Lutsk on Tuesday fulfilled the agreement he had reached with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and released them rapidly after Zelenskiy entreated Ukrainians to survey an animal rights documentary, the president said Wednesday.
Zelenskiy spoke to the hostage-taker for a number of minutes on Tuesday night, the president’s place of job said.
“We had files about an injured (hostage), and I asked him to originate the injured (hostage), a pregnant girl and a child. He said the injured hostage does now not exist, it used to be a bluff. So we agreed that he’s going to let three folk trail and after that I will report a video (message),“ Zelenskiy said in a commentary on the 12-hour-prolonged hostage drama.
The assailant, known by police as Maksim Krivosh, a 44-one year-former Ukrainian born in Russia, seized the bus with 13 folk on Tuesday morning, prompting a standoff with police in Lutsk, 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the capital Kyiv.
At one level, the assailant threw explosives out of a window nonetheless no person used to be anxiety. He additionally fired a number of shots at a police drone.
One of his requires used to be that Zelenskiy post a video message on the president’s Fb page urging Ukrainians to survey “Earthlings,” a 2005 American documentary exposing humanity’s cruel exploitation of animals.
A video of Zelenskiy announcing: “Movie ‚Earthlings‘, 2005. All people must peaceable survey“ seemed on his Fb page rapidly after the first three hostages were reported to be released.
Zelenskiy said Krivosh promised to originate the others half an hour after the video used to be posted. “So it took place: In 30-40 minutes he released the hostages,” the president said.
The video used to be later deleted from his Fb yarn.
Fixed with authorities, Krivosh reportedly had been convicted twice on a unfold of costs — theft, fraud, unlawful hands coping with — and spent a total of 10 years within the aid of bars.
Ukrainian media said he used to be an animal rights activists who helped give protection to stray canine.
One of the necessary released hostages instructed journalists that he treated them successfully and most attention-grabbing asked them to remain peaceable.
The person is in custody and is reportedly cooperating with legislation enforcement. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said police detained a number of of his accomplices on Tuesday night.
Avakov did now not give minute print on what prompted the incident, announcing most attention-grabbing that the assailant used to be “an unstable man who painted his imaginative and prescient of the enviornment and invented a revenge for it.”