A gunman in Ukraine armed with an automatic rifle and grenades has surrendered to law enforcement and launched 13 hostages right after the country’s president consented to his desire to recommend the 2005 animal rights documentary Earthlings, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.

The market movie advice, shipped by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in excess of Facebook, helped stop an several hours-very long standoff in the western Ukrainian metropolis of Lutsk, where 44-yr-old Maksym Kryvosh seized a bus and demanded that dozens of authorities officials admit to staying “terrorists”.

All through the hostage disaster, which commenced on Tuesday morning, Kryvosh opened fire and threw a grenade at a law enforcement drone. The experiences of automated gunfire despatched some journalists at the scene diving for protect. No one particular was severely wounded throughout the standoff. A bullet was reported to have approximately struck the countrywide chief of law enforcement.

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Earthlings starring Joaquin Phoenix was vital of the lousy treatment method of animals. Photograph: Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock

The gunman also spoke with journalists and monitored social media for the duration of the hostage disaster, despite the fact that his Twitter account was inevitably deactivated. One particular hostage, who spoke with a journalist by telephone throughout the crisis, begged them to place the gunman in contact with the president’s place of work.

Zelenskiy spoke specifically with Kryvosh, a spokeswoman mentioned, just after which 3 of the hostages were being released from the bus. The rest had been launched shortly immediately after he posted a quick movie on the web about a Joaquin Phoenix film significant of the weak remedy of animals.

“The film Earthlings from 2005. Everyone really should observe it,” Zelenskiy claimed in the movie introduced over Facebook. It was deleted soon after Kryvosh surrendered and replaced with a be aware thanking law enforcement and others who aided conclude the hostage disaster.

“Human life is the most crucial price. We have not dropped anybody,” Zelenskiy wrote.

Kryvosh is an animal rights activist, regional media claimed. He experienced also used almost a ten years in jail on fraud and weapons rates and was described by law enforcement as “unstable” immediately after the incident.

Kryvosh, keeping an automated rifle and sporting a beret, wrote a more than 500-web page manifesto and sent an anti-federal government screed soon in advance of he boarded the bus in Lutsk on Tuesday and advised law enforcement that he experienced rigged it with explosives.

Late on Tuesday, the Ukrainian interior minister, Arsen Avakov, explained: “The movie … is a very good a single. And you don’t have to be so screwed up and trigger this sort of a horror for the complete nation – you can watch it without having that.”