Ukrainian soldier arrested as five shot dead in military factory rampage

Ukrainian soldier arrested as five shot dead in military factory rampage
Five people are also in a serious condition following the shooting (Picture: Reuters)

A member of the National Guard has allegedly killed five people after opening fire at a military factory in Ukraine.

Four servicemen and one civilian woman are dead after a gunman came armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition.

Five others are ‘fighting for their lives’ following the attack at the Pivdenmash missile factory in the central city of Dnipro on Thursday.

Artemy Ryabchuk, 21, has been named as the accused soldier, who fled the scene but was later detained.

The tragedy happened at around 3.40am local time at the beginning of the suspect’s shift, when he was being issued a weapon.

Pictures show a man in military uniform being held face down on an icy road as police detain him in Pidgorodne, just outside Dnipro.

It comes at a time of heightened tension between Ukraine and Russia, with grave cautions that a war is ‘inevitable and imminent’.

Ukrainian police officers detain a National Guard soldier, named by the Interior Ministry as Artem Ryabchuk, on suspicion of murdering people at a military factory in the Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, January 27, 2022. Press Service of the National Police of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. PARTS OF THE IMAGE ARE PIXELATED AT SOURCE. WATERMARK FROM SOURCE.
Ukrainian police officers detain a National Guard soldier (Picture: via Reuters)
This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs on January 27, 2022 shows a member of the national guard identified as Artemy Ryabchuk, during his arrest in the city of Dnipro after he allegedly killed five people in a shooting at an aerospace factory. - Ukraine said it had detained a member of the country's national guard who opened fire at a factory in the centre of the country leaving five dead before fleeing. The suspect
The motive for the attack is unclear (Picture: Ukraine Interior Ministry/AFP)
Artemiy Ryabchuk A National Guard conscript in Ukraine has shot dead five people and injured another five in the eastern city of Dnipro, the interior ministry says. The man, aged 21, opened fire as guard members were being issued weapons at the Pivdenmash aerospace plant at 01:40 GMT on Thursday. The soldier - named as Artemiy Ryabchuk - then fled the scene with a Kalashnikov assault rifle. He was found and arrested shortly afterwards. The motive for the attack is unclear.
Artem Ryabchuk has been named by the Interior Ministry as the accused (Picture: Interior Ministry of Ukraine)

Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskiy has warned the person responsible for the military rampage will ‘bear the strictest responsibility provided by law’.

‘Following my order, a commission will be set up to study the circumstances that led to these actions being taken by a 21-year-old soldier, who had been called to defend his country and be responsible for security — and not to shoot his colleagues’, he  said.

Deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko said the inquiry would focus on the shooter’s motive, which remains unknown.

A probe will also focus on how the soldier passed military medical examinations and had been sanctioned to carry a weapon.

‘First of all, the question of whether the serviceman faced psychological pressure in (his) team will be studied’, Gerashchenko added.

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