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Ukraine: Conscript opens fire killing 5 in Dnipro

January 27, 2022

A conscript fired on fellow soldiers, killing five and injuring five others before fleeing. The incident occurred in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro.

A reservist from the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces trains at a military training ground outside capital Kyiv, Ukraine
The suspected shooter is a conscript with the National Guard of UkraineImage: Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo/picture alliance

A young conscript allegedly opened fired on fellow soldiers in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, killing five people and injuring five others on Thursday, police and the interior ministry said.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has ordered a probe into the incident. He called the mass shooting "terrible" and offered condolences to the victims' families and friends.

He was captured Thursday morning after going on the run in the town of Pidhorodne some 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) north  of the mass shooting.

The conscript allegedly took an AK47 and ammunition from the armory before shooting at colleagues just before 4 a.m. local time (0200 GMT).

Twenty-two soldiers were on guard duty at the time of the incident. Two soldiers were able to flee and contact police and an ambulance.

What is known about the shootings?

Ukraine's Interior Ministry wrote on Telegram that the the shootings occurred "on the territory of the Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant Yuzhmash."

"A soldier of the National Guard of Ukraine," who they named as a 20-year-old conscript, was responsible for the incident. 

Makarov Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant is a leading state-owned rocket and space equipment manufacturing company in Dnipropetrovsk.

A female soldier was among those who died after succumbing to her injuries, according to the interior ministry.

The shooter was on the run and last spotted near the Rocket and Space College. He was wearing his camouflage uniform and allegedly concealing an AK47 underneath.

National police and national guardsman are on high alert following the incident, Interfax reported.

Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigation later said the gunman called police and  surrendered in the town of Pidgorodne just north of Dnipro.

The site of the shooting has been sealed off and civilians are being directed away from the scene.

ar/aw (AFP, Interfax, Reuters)