A Ukrainian National Guard soldier opened fire on fellow soldiers at an aerospace factory in Dnipro, killing five and wounding five before fleeing with his weapon, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
“A member of the Ukrainian National Guard fired a Kalashnikov assault rifle at factory guards, then fled with his gun. As a result, five people were killed and five others were injured,” a statement said.
The ministry notes that the incident took place on the night of Wednesday to Thursday in Dnipro (center) at the Yuzhmash factory, which manufactures ships and space launchers but also missiles, vehicles and industrial tools.
“The motives for the crime are still unknown,” the ministry said.
The aggressor, born in 2001, had just received his weapon before starting his guard shift. National Guard Commander Nikolai Balan went to the scene, where a special operation has been launched to find the fugitive, the statement added.
Shootings in the military units of the countries of the former USSR are a recurring phenomenon, often linked to hazing, which has long been a major problem in these countries, especially Russia.
Although the situation has improved, these initiation rites are regularly the cause of suicides or murders.