Incident Summary:

12/30/2017: An assailant, equipped with two explosives-filled bottles, took 11 people hostage at a post office in Kharkiv, Kharkiv oblast, Ukraine. All hostages were later released and the assailant was wounded before he was apprehended. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Ukraine
Specific Description Post Office
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 11
US Hostages 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
Two bottles containing explosive material were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that the assailant may have intended to rob the postal office and may also have been suffering from psychological issues.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
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"Hostages In Ukraine Freed After Police Storm Post Office," Radio Free Europe, December 30, 2017."
"Man takes hostages at Ukraine post office; some released,", December 30, 2017."