A hostage state of affairs in Ukraine ended after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy consented to a gunman’s calls for and recommended a Joaquin Phoenix film. The man, recognized as 44-year-old Maksym Kryvosh, is reported by the Guardian to have seized a bus and brought 13 individuals hostage.
He demanded that the president endorse a 2005 documentary named Earthlings, narrated by Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix. The film is about humanity’s use of animals as pets, meals, clothes, entertainment. Phoenix is a vocal animal-rights activist.
During the siege, which started on Tuesday, the gunman opened hearth and threw a grenade at a police drone. He additionally spoke to journalists and remained lively on his Twitter account, which was finally deactivated. The president is said to have spoken to the gunman straight, after he launched three hostages. The relaxation have been launched after the president posted a video endorsing the film.
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“The film Earthlings from 2005. Everyone should watch it,” Zelenskiy said within the video, launched on Facebook. It was deleted after all hostages have been secured and the gunman was apprehended. “Human life is the most important value. We have not lost anyone,” the president wrote.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian inside minister, Arsen Avakov, said: “The film … is a good one. And you don’t have to be so screwed up and cause such a horror for the whole country – you can watch it without that.”