According to The New York Times, a standoff between the hostage taker, identified as Maksim Krivosh, and the police lasted almost 12 hours.
The police arrested the suspect, who seized the bus in the town of Lutsk, stated he was once armed with weapons and explosives. Sounds a lot like the plot of "Speed", right?!?
The tense stand-off ended after the president agreed to post a video of himself recommending a 2005 USA documentary narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix called Earthlings, which condemns humans' mistreatment of animals. The guy didn't even request "The Joker". According to the film's synopsis, Earthings covers "pet stores, puppy mills, and animal profession, including footage obtained through the use of hidden cameras to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely on animals".
Zelenskiy spoke directly with Kryvosh, a spokeswoman said, after which three of the hostages were released from the bus.More news: Planet Fitness requiring masks starting Aug
No word if Joaquin plans to turn this true story into his next big movie.
Late on Tuesday, the Ukrainian inside minister, Arsen Avakov, mentioned: "The movie ... is a fantastic a single".
The director of a 15-year-old animal rights documentary at the center of a baffling hostage situation in Ukraine has condemned the incident, saying, "We do not cause terror to awaken people to terror". The Ukrainian President had a six-second clip promotion for Earthlings posted on the presidential Facebook page, which was subsequently deleted.
"We agreed that he would release three people and after that I will record a video", Zelenskiy said.More news: US House Speaker Pelosi announces mask-wearing requirement for lawmakers and staff
Interior Minister Avakov said an accomplice of Kryvosh was detained in the eastern city of Kharkiv.
Minutes later, the hostage-taker walked out of the bus and surrendered to the police.
The man, identified by authorities as Maksym Kryvosh, 44, and who used the nickname Maxim the Bad, posted a "anti-system" manifesto on social media, demanding that dozens of government officials admit to being "terrorists", among others. stuff.
Zelensky later thanked the police for the successful operation and justified his decision to meet the hostage-taker's demands by saying in a Facebook post that "human life is the most important value and we did not lose anyone".More news: Sergio Perez self-isolating after inconclusive COVID test ahead of British GP