Police are negotiating with a man who claims to have an explosive device and is holed up in a Kiev business center, according to Ukrainian officials.

The unidentified man walked into a bank located in the city’s Leonardo business center and announced that he had a bomb in his backpack. He ordered a bank employee to call the police, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko said.

Police rushed to the scene and began negotiations with the individual. Bank employees fled the office, but their boss chose to remain in the building.

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People have been asked to avoid the area as law enforcement urge the man to surrender.

Last month, a gunman in the western Ukrainian city of Lutsk took around 20 hostages. He later freed his captives, after President Volodymyr Zelensky complied with his demand to publicly endorse “Earthlings,” a 2005 American documentary narrated by Joaquin Phoenix about humanity’s use of animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research. Police were then able to successfully disarm and arrest the hostage-taker. 

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