Police detained members of an armed gang involved in a shootout in Brovary

On June 2, as part of a criminal proceeding into the banditry, employees of the Criminal Investigation Department of Kyiv regional police jointly with special forces detained in the capital, Brovary and Irpen 13 persons led by a criminal kingpin nicknamed “Viha” or “Zhuravel” (Crane).  They are suspected of banditry and attempted premeditated murder of two or more persons.

Investigation of the armed clash in Brovary established that it was these armed people who “acted” on the part of local carriers with the aforementioned criminal kingpin being one of the organizers of the shootout.

Police conducted 20 searches of the suspects’ homes.  Law enforcement officers found and seized at various addresses three shotguns, an assault rifle, three handguns, cartridges, grenades, walkie-talkies, binoculars, balaclavas, drugs, and masks.  Also, police seized eight premium cars.

In connection with a shootout in Brovary, the police conduct a pre-trial investigation within criminal proceedings opened under part  4 of art. 296 (Hooliganism), part  1 of art. 263 (Illegal handling of weapons, ammunition, and explosives) and art. 15,  part 2 of art. 115 (Attempted premeditated murder) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The police also opened criminal proceedings under art. 257 (Banditry) of the CCU.

To all detainees, a suspicion was declared of committing a crime under art. 257 (Banditry) of the CCU. Suspicion was also declared to 12 persons of attempted premeditated murder (art. 15, part  2 of art. 115 of the CCU).

As of 19:00, the Kyiv court chose a preventive measure for four persons in the form of an arrest for 60 days without the right to bail.  Court also decided that one person involved in the shootout will be held in custody with the right to make bail of UAH 630 thousand 300, and one more person will be under round-the-clock house arrest.

As of 21:00, the court chose a preventive measure in the form of detention without the right to bail for four more persons, including the organizer of the shootout, nicknamed “Viha” or “Zhuravel” (Crane).

Search activities are ongoing to establish and detain all participants in the armed clash.