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 Security Police Chief Budnyk on Kniazhychi tragedy: "Our serviceman fired Kalashnikov through car door"

Security Police Chief Serhii Budnyk dwelt on the progress in the probe of the Kniazhychi shootout which killed five law enforcers, including two State Guard Service officers.

He said it in an interview with Ukrainski Novyny, Censor.NET reports.

"As for Kniazhychi, an internal investigation is underway, a commission has been established that includes our representative. We have provided all the available materials both to the National Police commission and the Prosecutor General's Office which is investigating the incident. I can not assess things which I haven't not seen.

"According to my information, the police guards used firearms in Kniazhychi. One of our employees used a Makarov pistol and another fired a Kalashnikov - the standard firearms our groups are equipped with. He fired through the car door. Our employees wore bullet-proof vests. As far as I know, the Prosecutor General's Office has a video footage showing who opened fire and from where, and how the situation evolved. A number of examinations are being held," he said.

"We've suspended all employees involved in the Kniazhychi incident: the district chief, the person responsible for the group's arrival, two drivers and one inspector. Five people in total," Budnyk added.

Read more: Seventeen officials including Kyiv police chief suspected of various offenses connected to Kniazhychi tragedy, prosecutor general says

Five police officers were shot dead in a fire exchange between members of different police squads in the village of Kniazhychi Dec. 4. Two of them were State Guard Service officers, two were police investigators, and one was a KORD special purpose unit serviceman.

Interior Ministry Adviser Anton Herashchenko wrote it was an accidental skirmish caused by a mistake that led to the deaths of five officers.

The tragedy in the village of Kniazhychi occurred 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.

The Kyiv region prosecutor's office is conducting a pre-trial investigation into the incident.

Acting National Police Head Vadym Troian claims the criminal gang acted under the cover of law enforcers.
 
 
 
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