Love Crime: Ukraine conscript shoots five at military factory

Photo of suspected gunman Artemiy Ryabchuk
The soldier has been named by the interior ministry as Artemiy Ryabchuk, aged 20

A National Guard conscript in Ukraine has shot dead five people and injured another five in the eastern city of Dnipro, the interior ministry says.

The 20-old-year man opened fire as guard members were being issued weapons at the Pivdenmash aerospace plant at 01:40 GMT on Thursday.

The soldier – named as Artemiy Ryabchuk – is now on the run with a Kalashnikov assault rifle. Police have launched a search operation in the city.

The motive for the attack is unclear.

One of the victims was a female member of Ukraine’s National Guard, the interior ministry says.

The plant Pivdenmash known as Yuzhmash during its Soviet period is a state-owned plant that produces and tests material related to aeronautics and defence.

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