Incident Summary:

07/11/2015: Assailants opened fire on a cafe holding a meeting with lawmaker Mykhailo Lanyo in Mukacheve town, Zakarpattia oblast, Ukraine. Two people and five assailants were killed and six police officers, five assailants, and three civilians were injured in the ensuing clash. Additionally, the assailants briefly held a child hostage and released him shortly after. The Right Sector claimed responsibility for the incident, claiming the politician's body guards opened fire on them.




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Mukacheve
Specific Description Lawmaker: Mykhailo Lanyo
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Militsiya
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) 7 launchers, Kalashnikov assault rifles, and other firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Right Sector Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 14 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 14
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 5
"Kiev launches probe into Mukachevo shooting," CNC World, July 14, 2015.
"Right Sector gunmen take boy hostage in western Ukraine," Boston Herald, July 13, 2015.
"Ukraine's Mukacheve sees major clash involving Right Sector, several killed," Interfax, July 13, 2015.