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Ukraine: 5 soldiers killed in a missile factory, the shooter free

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Ukraine: 5 soldiers killed in a missile factory, the shooter free

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At least five Ukrainian soldiers were killed on Thursday when a “young conscript” opened fire on them inside a rocket factory in the central city of Dnipro, according to reports.

The shooter – who is now on the run – allegedly seized an AK-47 and ammunition from the facility before opening fire around 4 a.m. local time, Deutsche Welle, the German news outlet, reported. Five other soldiers were injured.

Ukrainian paratroopers are seen stationed on the front line near Stanytsia Luhanska, Luhansk region, Ukraine on January 21, 2022 (Photo by Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
(Photo by Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The report, citing the country’s Interior Ministry, said the suspected shooter was a 20-year-old man who served in Ukraine’s National Guard. The suspected shooter fled the Southern Machine Building in camouflage and may be concealing the AK-47.

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The country has been on edge since the reinforcement of Russian troops along its eastern border. It is possible that its neighbor is planning an invasion despite assurances from Moscow.

The motive for the shooting is not immediately clear. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News.

The New York Times reported that the shooting occurred hours after the United States and NATO presented their response to Russia’s list of demands for NATO expansion in the region.

Ukraine: 5 soldiers killed in a missile factory, the shooter free

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks on Russia and Ukraine during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC on January 26, 2022. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Moscow was likely unhappy with the response as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington had reaffirmed its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and “the right of states to choose their own peacekeeping arrangements and alliances.” security”.

Ukraine: 5 soldiers killed in a missile factory, the shooter free

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