Incident Summary:

08/31/2015: Assailants threw incendiary devices and a grenade during a protest outside of the parliamentary building in Kiev city, Kiev oblast, Ukraine. At least three National Guard of Ukraine (NGU) soldiers were killed and 140 other people, including journalists, were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to a Ukrainian nationalist group.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Journalists
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity National Guard of Ukraine (NGU)
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Grenades and petrol bombs 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 The victims included Igor Debrin. Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ukrainian nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 140 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 140
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ukraine ultra-nationalists blamed for Kiev clash over autonomy bill," AFP, September 2, 2015."
"Ukraine crisis: Third death after Kiev anti-autonomy rally," BBC Online, September 1, 2015."
"Death toll from violent Ukraine protests rises to three," Al Jazeera, September 1, 2015."