Tragedy struck a Ukrainian city after a politician walked into a village council meeting and detonated multiple grades.
The incident occurred during a heated village council meeting in the Keretsky Village Council in Ukraine’s Western Zakarpattia region on Friday.
The Ukrainian National Police shared a clip of the incident, which showed the politician identified as Deputy Serhiy Batryn—, walking into the council headquarters. According to the New York Post, council members were having a heated debate about finances when Batryn walked in and demanded to speak.
Ukrainian councilor Serhiy Batryn, from President Zelensky's party, the Servant of the People Party, threw a grenade at colleagues during a livestreamed meeting, injuring 26 members, with 6 in critical condition.
The incident occurred on Friday morning at the headquarters of the…
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“May I speak?” Batryn asked before removing at least three hand grenades from his jacket pockets and tossing them on the floor.
Batryn’s grenades exploded, leaving council members fleeing for their lives. The explosion left at least 26 people injured, with six of them hospitalized with serious condition. Batryn, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, was first believed to have died from the explosion but police later revealed that doctors were trying to save his life.
Authorities in Ukrain are treating the incident as an act of terrorism.
This is where we're sending OUR money?!?
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According to reports, the meeting was held to approve the village’s budget for next year. However, Batryn argued that he and his colleagues should first submit a full report on this year’s budget before moving on to next year’s budget.
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According to the Telegram news channel Zakarpattya24, Batryn —a member of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People’s Party— also has a long-standing feud with village chief Mikhail Mushka. Batryn had voted against rating Mushka’s job performance satisfactory and had also opposed a proposal to allocate a 50% raise and a monthly bonus for the village chief during the war.
Police in Ukraine have opened a criminal case and have charged the politician with illegal use of weapons and munitions.