Head of the Communications Department of the Ministry Artem Shevchenko said in a commentary to Censor.NET. He was referring to a statement by Rada speaker Andrii Parubii that the total of six people were killed in the fire exchange in Kniazhychi village near Kyiv on Dec. 4.
"Andrii Parubii, unfortunately, fell a victim to information noise about the sixth killed person. None of the sources that reported the sixth killed gave his name. I ask everyone to treat this issue responsibly. You cannot hide the death of a person. He has relatives and friends. If you write of the sixth killed, please include his name, as we did for the five officers.
"I am not aware of the sixth killed person, and none of my contacts and sources in law enforcement agencies can confirm this," Shevchenko said.
Shevchenko said no more officers or civil persons were treated in hospitals due to the skirmish.
Five police officers were shot dead in a fire exchange between members of different police squads in the village of Kniazhychi Dec. 4. Interior Ministry Adviser Anton Herashchenko wrote it was an accidental skirmish caused by a mistake that led to the deaths of five servicemen.
The tragedy in the village of Kniazhychi happened during a special operation on apprehension of a dangerous group of criminals who committed robberies in the city of Kyiv and the Kyiv region. The three violators were later apprehended by police.
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