Incident Summary:

07/21/2020: An assailant armed with explosives and firearms attacked a bus in Teatralna Square in Lutsk, Chernivtsi, Ukraine. At least 13 people were taken hostage during the attack and were rescued by police forces after 12 hours. The assailant threw a grenade which failed to detonate and opened fire on police during the attack. There were no reported casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to an animal rights extremist, Maksym Kryvoshm. He demanded that Ukraine's president promote an animal rights documentary. Sources also noted that Kryvoshm previously expressed dissatisfaction with Ukraine's "system" on social media.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Teatralna Square.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Militsiya
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Bus
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 13
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 12
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 Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
RGD-5 hand grenades, an AKS-74U assault rifle, and a revolver 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected the assailant may have been experiencing mental health issues. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Rights extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ukraine police free 13 hostages trapped on bus after stand-off," Al Jazeera, July 21, 2020.
"Man armed with explosives hijacks Ukraine bus taking 20 on board hostage,", July 21, 2020.
"UPDATE 3-Police Free Hostages From Bus in Western Ukraine as Standoff Ends Without Casualties," Haaretz, July 21, 2020.