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The assailant opened fire with an assault rifle and then fled before being captured by police a few hours later.

A Ukrainian National Guard soldier opened fire on security guards at a military factory in central Ukraine for unknown reasons, killing five people and wounding five others before fleeing.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday in Dnipro at the Pivdenmash Missile Plant (Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant Yuzhmash) as weapons were handed over to guards at the start of a shift, according to a statement from the police.

The assailant opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and then fled, the Interior Ministry said, adding: “As a result, five people died and five others were injured.”

Police then captured the suspect in the town of Pidgorodne outside Dnipro.

Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskiy appointed soldier Artem Ryabchuk and said he would “assume the strictest responsibility provided by law”.

Monastyrskiy added that the five injured were receiving medical attention and “doctors are fighting to save their lives”.

“On my order, a commission will be set up to study the circumstances which led to these actions of a 21-year-old soldier, who had been called upon to defend his country and ensure security – and not to shoot him. “. colleagues,” Monastyrskiy said.

The incident happened at 03:40 a.m. (0140 GMT) as the shooter was given a weapon at the start of his shift, the ministry said. “The motives of the crime are not yet known.”

What was the motive?

Yuzhmash is an aerospace factory that produces and tests equipment related to defence, aeronautics and agriculture, according to its website.

“First of all, the investigation will have to face the question – what was the motive for committing such a terrible crime? The question of whether the serviceman suffered psychological pressure in the team will be investigated,” said Ukrainian Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko on Facebook.

He said investigators would look into how the soldier passed a medical board which gave him access to weapons. “In any case, he will receive the most severe sentence for the mass murder,” Gerashchenko said.

The attack comes at a sensitive time for the Ukrainian army. The Russian military has amassed troops near the country’s border with Ukraine, and NATO members have accused Russia of planning an invasion of the country.

Moscow, meanwhile, denies the charge and is seeking security guarantees that NATO will halt its eastward expansion into former Soviet republics.

The United States and NATO have held a series of talks with Russian officials over the past few weeks, but talks have so far failed to end the crisis. Another round of negotiations is due to take place in Berlin, Germany, in two weeks.

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