Incident Summary:

08/03/2020: An assailant entered a bank in the Leonardo Business Center took hostages and threatened to detonate explosive devices in Kyiv, Ukraine. There were no reported casualties in the attack. Police arrested Roman Skrypnyk, an Uzbeki national on the scene. Karimov claimed responsibility for the incident and stated a number of grievances, including that the Ukrainian president had failed to fulfill promises and that one person should rule the world. Karimov also demanded 40,000 hryvnias ($1,440) and identified himself as "the Holy Spirit, Lord God." Sources noted that Karimov has a history of mental illness, including a diagnosis in 1998 of "oligophrenia."




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street and Volodymyrska Street intersection.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Universal Bank
Specific Description Bank
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
A fake explosive device was 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 was not in possession of any explosives.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"Karimov Who Threatened With Explosion In Leonardo Business Center In Kyiv Changed Hostage During Building Seizure - SSU," Ukrainian News Agency, August 3, 2020.
"Hostage taker at Leonardo Business Center is Uzbekistan citizen Sukhrob Karimov - Dpty interior minister," Ukraine General Newswire, August 3, 2020.
"UPDATE 2-'Coffee, cigarettes, journalists': video shows hostage-taker captured in Ukraine bank," Reuters UK, August 3, 2020.