Ukraine President Ends Hostage Standoff By Complying With Demand To Promote 2005 Joaquin Phoenix Movie

The BBC reports:

A stand-off in Ukraine has ended with security forces freeing 10 hostages from a bus in the city of Lutsk and detaining the gunman, after a bizarre intervention by the president. Pictures showed the gunman lying on the ground after his arrest.

Just before the man’s arrest, President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to comply with his demand to post a short video, with the words: “Everyone should watch the 2005 film Earthlings.” All the hostages are unharmed.

The man has been named by police as Maksym Kryvosh, 44, who has previous convictions. “Lutsk. Everyone is okay,” Interior Minister Arsen Avakov tweeted (in Russian) following the end of the siege.