Incident Summary:

08/17/2020: Assailants set fire to a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) vehicle in Brovary, Kyiv, Ukraine. No casualties were reported. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
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 suspected the attack was related to a previous investigation into political corruption.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
"Two of four suspected in 'Schemes' car arson are wanted - Avakov," Interfax-Ukraine, August 26, 2020.
"Ukrainian investigative program targeted by arson attack, surveillance," International Press Institute, August 18, 2020.
"Radio Liberty car set ablaze after bug found at journalist home," Intellinews - Ukraine This Week, August 18, 2020.