Police looks for explosives in Channel 5’s office – fourth time this month
On July 19, in Kyiv unidentified perpetrators again called about a bomb in the office of Channel 5. This was reported on Facebook by the channel’s editor-in-chief Volodymyr Mzhelsky.
The Kyiv city police reported that in the morning of July 19 they received 7 anonymous calls about bombs in different places – besides Channel 5, these were shopping malls and the central railway station. The police, K-9 units, EOD specialists, ambulances, and emergency response teams swept these locations but found no explosives or bombs.
One more location the anonymous callers named was the Central Post Office on Maidan Nezalezhnosti but there is no information yet about the results of the search for the bomb there.
The anonymous callers face criminal charges and a possible fine or jail time of up to 8 years. According to the Criminal Code of Ukraine, a person that reports false information about safety of citizens has also to refund the cost of the work of emergency response teams on site.
This was the fourth time this month that such a call was made about Channel 5. On July 15, officers of the Security Service of Ukraine detained in Kyiv a man suspected of making a call to the police about a bomb in the Channel 5’s office. On July 17, a similar call was made about the Inter TV channel.