Incident Summary:

08/27/2020: Assailants opened fire on a minibus transporting Patriots - For Life members along Kiev-Kharkiv Highway near Lyubotyn, Kharkiv, Ukraine. At least two people were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility; however, Illya Kyva attributed the attack to the National Corps.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:


Near Lyubotyn

Location Details:
The incident occurred on Kiev-Kharkiv highway.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Patriots - For Life
Specific Description Minibus
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Machine guns 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 Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Corps No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 12
Number of Captured Perpetrators 12
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two persons wounded, no hostage taken after shooting attack on bus in Kharkiv region - police," Ukraine General Newswire, August 27, 2020.
"BBCM Ukraine Watchlist for 28 August," BBC Monitoring, August 28, 2020.
"Ukrainian Police Say Probing Attack on Bus in Kharkiv Region," Sputnik News Service, August 27, 2020.