SBU detains man for false report of bomb threats in Kyiv subway

23:59, 02 July 2017
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Agents of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine have detained the man who reported false bomb threats in four stations of Kyiv's Metro subway on Sunday, July 2.

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Police received a report about bombs planted in the Obolon and Minska stations in the afternoon, and an hour later, the same man reported about bombs in two other stations – Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) and Ploshcha Lva Tolstoho (Leo Tolstoy Square), the SBU press service said.

The SBU promptly tracked his location and detained him in a village in Kyiv region.

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An investigation continues. The detainee is facing charges under Article 259 of the Criminal Code (a deliberately false report about a threat to the safety of citizens, destruction or damage to property). The punishment in keeping with the article is from two to six years in prison. For a repeated crime, a criminal can be convicted for the period from four to eight years in prison.

Five Metro stations in Kyiv – Teatralna, Minska, Obolon, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and Ploshcha Lva Tolstoho – were closed on Sunday, July 1. No bombs were found after examinations, after which the stations resumed work.

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