Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski justified his decision to record and broadcast a video on animal abuse on Wednesday as an “obvious step”. This is one of the demands of the man who kidnapped a passenger bus from Lutsk on Tuesday to get him to rescue the thirteen hostages, as he eventually did.
In early Tuesday, a man who identified himself as Maksim ‘Malo’ hijacked a thirteen-person bus he held hostage for hours and threatened bombs in the vehicle and others that were said to have been placed in different parts of the city to explode. . He even fired and threw a grenade at the security forces.
The Ukrainian authorities were able to start negotiations with him in the afternoon. Zelenski was able to call the kidnapper and the kidnapper asked him to record a video recommending the 2005 documentary ‘Earthlings’ about animal abuse and then to spread it on Facebook, where the Ukrainian president normally communicates.
Given the criticism he had received for agreeing to the kidnapper’s request, Zelenski said this Wednesday what terms the conversation was between them. “It was like that, about 30-40 minutes later (after the video was released), he would release the hostages,” he said in a presidency statement.