KRAMATORSK, Ukraine – A National Guard soldier in Ukraine opened fire on Thursday at a rocket and missile factory in the east of the country, killing five comrades and wounding five others, police said. said a new security concern at the time There are concerns about a Russian military attack.
ONE statement from Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, the police watchdog, said the soldier turned his weapon on his colleagues who were guarding the Southern Machine-Building Plant, and then he fled.
The statement said the soldier opened fire “for unknown reasons.” The ministry said police and the national guard were searching for the suspect. The soldier and those shot were not immediately identified.
There was no immediate indication of a link between the shooting and military tensions around Ukraine. Russia has deployed tens of thousands of troops near the Ukrainian border and demanded security from the US and NATO.
The plant is located in Dnipro, one of the largest cities in the country, more than 100 miles from the front lines of the war in eastern Ukraine but heavily guarded. It used to be a production site for intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The attack at the factory, around 4 a.m. Thursday, occurred a few hours later The United States and NATO have given written responses to Russia’s requests, said some security issues can be discussed while others are non-negotiable.
Ukrainian and Western officials have been wary of actions that could destabilize the Ukrainian government or provide justification for a Russian military invasion.
Earlier this month, the United States said that Russia had sent intelligence agents and saboteurs to eastern Ukraine to carry out a provocation, with the region’s industrial infrastructure considered a potential target. power.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/world/europe/ukraine-soldiers-shooting.html Ukrainian soldiers killed 5 fellow soldiers at a military factory