"Perpetrators of illegal seizure took over a grain elevator in the Kharkiv region. Five persons were wounded in a gunfight including police officers, local residents, activists and Donbas war veterans. A lot of noise was made... The decision to lift the blockade and clear the enterprise was wise," Chief of the National Police of Ukraine, Serhii Kniaziev, wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.
According to Ukraine’s top policeman, the actions of the special operations forces and negotiators were concerted.
"We apprehended about 50 persons involved. The firearms are being seized. There is usual "gentleman's set": ski masks, body armor, batons, etc. An itch for money was mixed with politics but everything is clear to everyone nevertheless. We restore confidence in the authorities through the actions of the police," he added.
National Police Deputy Chief, Viacheslav Abroskin, later clarified in his post on Facebook that 53 persons were detained.
"The outcome of the story with the illegal takeover of the elevator in the Kharkiv region-based Zanky village: the police have 53 individuals in custody including 22 people who took an active part in the asset-grabbing and gunfights," he said.
"And that’s just for starters. Their paymasters and those who masterminded the fight must be as well held to account," Abroskin wrote.