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Tue Jul 21, 2020, 10:28 PM

Hostage siege ends after Ukrainian president endorses Joaquin Phoenix film

(The Guardian) A gunman in Ukraine armed with an automatic rifle and grenades has surrendered to police and released 13 hostages after the country’s president consented to his demand to recommend the 2005 film Earthlings starring Joaquin Phoenix.

The niche film recommendation, delivered by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy over Facebook, helped end an hours-long standoff in the western Ukrainian city of Lutsk, where 44-year-old Maksym Kryvosh seized a bus and demanded that dozens of government officials admit to being “terrorists”.

During the hostage crisis, which began on Tuesday morning, Kryvosh opened fire and threw a grenade at a police drone. The reports of automatic gunfire sent some journalists at the scene diving for cover. No one was seriously injured during the standoff. A bullet was reported to have nearly struck the national chief of police.

The gunman also spoke with journalists and monitored social media during the hostage crisis, although his Twitter account was eventually deactivated. One hostage, who spoke with a journalist by telephone during the crisis, begged them to put the gunman in touch with the president’s office.

Zelenskiy spoke directly with Kryvosh, a spokeswoman said, after which three of the hostages were released from the bus. The rest were released shortly after he posted a short video online about a Joaquin Phoenix film critical of the poor treatment of animals.

“The film Earthlings from 2005. Everyone should watch it,” Zelenskiy said in the video released over Facebook. It was deleted after Kryvosh surrendered and replaced with a note thanking police and others who helped end the hostage crisis.

Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/21/hostage-siege-ends-after-ukrainian-president-endorses-joaquin-phoenix-film

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FM123 Jul 2020 OP
underpants Jul 2020 #1
FM123 Jul 2020 #4
frazzled Jul 2020 #2
Initech Jul 2020 #3
Tommy_Carcetti Jul 2020 #5
spanone Jul 2020 #6

Response to FM123 (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 10:29 PM

1. Ok.

That’s easily the story of the day

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:41 PM

4. I agree.

Hard to believe this is a real story and not something made up from The Onion. I only posted it after I verified it wasn't a joke....

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 10:43 PM

2. Wha?

Are you sure this didn’t star Bill Murray in the role of the gunman?

Definitely the most bizarre story I’ve read in many a year.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 10:45 PM

3. Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, yo!

/Jay and Silent Bob

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:58 PM

5. That's at least the second time Zelenskiy has been forced into a compromising position...

...by a demanding madman.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

6. ⇧ ⇧ ⇧ ⇧ ⇧ ⇧ ⇧ ⇧ ⇧

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