Second Explosion Rocks Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv, Ukrainian Media Reports

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Ukrainian Media Reports Another Explosion at Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv

Second explosion rocks Shevchenkivsky District Court building in Kyiv

A second explosion occurred on Wednesday at the Shevchenkivsky District Court building in Kyiv, where the accused had taken hostages, allegedly prompting the start of a special forces assault, according to the Ukrainian publication "Strana" ("Country"). Earlier on Wednesday, "Strana" had reported, citing a source, that Igor Humenyuk, the suspect in the terrorist attack near the Verkhovna Rada building in August 2015, detonated three grenades inside the Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv and took two guards hostage. The National Police of Ukraine stated that special forces, canine units, and explosive experts were present at the scene of the explosion. Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs, Igor Klymenko, stated that preliminary information suggests an unidentified explosive device was detonated.

"There was an explosion at the Shevchenkivsky District Court. Law enforcement personnel near the court say that the special forces have initiated an assault. After the explosion, a police officer emerged from the courthouse and urgently requested an ambulance," writes "Strana."

As a result of the disturbances outside the Verkhovna Rada building on August 31, 2015, following the preliminary approval of constitutional amendments on decentralization by the deputies, three law enforcement officers were killed, and over 150 people were injured. Arsen Avakov, who was the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine at that time, named the nationalist party "Svoboda" ("Freedom") as one of the organizers of the riots. Law enforcement authorities have charged Igor Humenyuk, a member of the "Sich" battalion, and Sergey Kraynyak, a member of the "Karpaty Sich" battalion, with organizing the disturbances, as well as with the crime of "terrorism."

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