Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Standoff at Ukraine post office ends with no one hurt

Hostages taken in Ukraine post office TWITTER @CHRISTOPHERJM HOSTAGES A man armed with an'explosive device has taken over a post office
Patty Aguilar | 31 December, 2017, 09:08

Initial reports said the man was holding 11 people, but Kharkiv police said after the siege was over that he had taken nine hostages.

Police say the man, who said he had firearms and explosives, barricaded himself in the post office in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, on Saturday.

"All hostages freed in Kharkiv".

They said that the hostage-taker first released three women and two children following talks.

Television footage showed police and parked police cars outside a two-story white-and-yellow building in the northeastern city.

"He probably needs the help of a psychiatrist", Bekh said.

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Regional police chief Oleh Bekh told the 112 news channel on December 30 that the unidentified man is calm, has not made any demands and is in regular contact with police via the telephones of the hostages.

The remaining four hostages were freed when police stormed the post office.

"The patrolmen came to the place of the robbery in a few minutes", Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook.

Police arrested the hostage-taker after an hours-long standoff. The man also said he had brain cancer, according to the child. He said that a masked man tried to rob the post office.

The Russia-backed separatists seized parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in March 2014, igniting a conflict that has killed more than 10,300 people.

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