In the Shevchenko district court of Kyiv on Wednesday evening, July 5, there was an explosion. As law enforcement agencies found out, at about 17:20 (coincides with Moscow time), the man brought to the court session set off an unidentified explosive device. The security forces stormed the building.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, the accused closed himself inside the escort premises, and measures were taken to detain him. Later, Interior Minister Igor Klimenko said that the defendant had died.
“The offender died at the scene,” the minister wrote on his Telegram channel.
Klimenko added that during the storming of the court building, two soldiers of the Kord special unit were injured. “Their lives were saved by the shields with which the special forces moved,” the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs specified.
Local publications give the name of the bomber – he turned out to be 29-year-old Igor Gumenyuk. The media claim that he took part in the hostilities in the Donbass in 2014-2015.
“I blew up an explosive package”
Explosions were heard in the Shevchenkovsky court during the escort of Gumenyuk from the courtroom. According to Strana.ua, while in the toilet, he attempted to escape from custody using a homemade explosive package.
“Preliminary information on the seizure of weapons and hostages has not been confirmed,” the source said.
The court building was cordoned off, dozens of special forces soldiers drove up to it. As Klymenko Time notes, another explosion occurred when the assault began.
What is known about Igor Gumenyuk
Gumenyuk was an activist of a Ukrainian nationalist organization. The media also associated him with the Svoboda party, the leadership of which, however, denies any interaction with Gumenyuk.
The trial of Gumenyuk lasted almost eight years. On Wednesday, he was once again extended his preventive measure in the form of detention in the case of a terrorist attack committed on August 31, 2015 near the building of the Verkhovna Rada. According to the investigation, on that day, during the riots, Gumenyuk threw a grenade at the soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine, four of whom died as a result. In total, 140 people were injured during the riots, 131 of them were law enforcement officers.
The protest action at the walls of the parliament in 2015 began after the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada appointed an extraordinary meeting. It was supposed to discuss the draft amendments to the Constitution, which provided for decentralization and a possible “special procedure for self-government in certain territories.”
In 2012, the Svoboda party won 37 seats in the Verkhovna Rada of the 7th convocation, gaining 10.44% of the vote. She advocates the construction of Ukraine as a state of the Ukrainian nation, which is understood in a purely ethnic sense. “Freedom” demands the return of the “nationality” column to Ukrainian passports and birth certificates and compliance with the percentage norms for the representation of ethnic groups in all areas of life.