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 Ukrzaliznytsia official Liudmyrskyi liberated by police after eight months in captivity; kidnappers demanded 10M ransom, - interior minister. VIDEO+PHOTOS

Two persons were detained in special operation to liberate Valerii Liudmyrskyi, the Ukrzaliznytsia official who spent over eight months in captivity while kidnappers were demanding 10 million euros in ransom for him. The law enforcers are taking measures to locate and detain the mastermind of the crime.

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

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"Valerii Liudmyrskyi, who had been abducted on July 18, 2016, was released as a result of a months-long painstaking operation carried out by the Kyiv region's police. The law enforcers located the bunker where he was held hostage, detained two kidnappers, and seized weapons and explosives. The operation to locate and detain the mastermind is underway," he said.

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"Last night, the law enforcement officers found two cells in a cellar of a private residence in the village of Fastivets in the Kyiv region. The bunker was clearly built for a long-term hostage-keeping as it was equipped with ventilation, electricity, water supply and sanitation, armored doors and surveillance cameras. A Kalashnikov assault rifle, several loaded magazines for it, several foreign-made handguns, underbarrel grenade launcher with fragmentation rounds and a kilogram of TNT were found there. The liberated official said he was beaten only during the abduction while no force was used against him for the rest of the time. The former abductee is currently in the hospital. According to doctors, his life and health is no longer in danger," the minister said.

Ukrzaliznytsia official Liudmyrskyi liberated by police after eight months in captivity; kidnappers demanded 10M ransom, - interior minister 01

Ukrzaliznytsia official Liudmyrskyi liberated by police after eight months in captivity; kidnappers demanded 10M ransom, - interior minister 02

Ukrzaliznytsia official Liudmyrskyi liberated by police after eight months in captivity; kidnappers demanded 10M ransom, - interior minister 03

"A Russian Federation (Republic of Dagestan) citizen and a Ukrainian national were detained on suspicion of involvement in the crime. The operation to locate and detain the mastermind of the crime is underway," Avakov said.

According to the minister, the crime ring members kidnapped 12 persons in the Kyiv region alone in 2015-2016. The abductees were mainly wealthy people with relatives being able to pay huge ransoms for them.

As previously reported, Head of the Power Supply Department of Ukrzaliznytsia state railway operator Valerii Liudmyrskyi was abducted in the evening of July 18 in the Solomianskyi district of Kyiv. The kidnappers shot down the dog that the official was walking, forcibly pushed the man into a van with fake plates, and fled the scene in unknown direction.
 
 
 
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