Police expanded the search area men held hostage in Poltava

Ukrainian law enforcement authorities have expanded the search area Roman Skripnik, who on Thursday in Poltava took hostage a police officer and later released him and fled, said on Friday the press-Secretary of police of Poltava region Roman Grishin.

On Thursday, police in Poltava region said that the man tried to stop a stolen car, threatening to detonate a grenade, it leads the negotiations. Later the man took in hostages of the chief of criminal investigation Department of main police Department in Poltava region and left with him in the law enforcement car. The main requirement of men was to avoid criminal liability. Later took over the police abandoned the car, released the hostage unharmed and disappeared.

He also urged local residents to be very careful and inform the police if they see suspicious people.

The police filed a case, the offender was charged with "encroachment on life of employee of law enforcement body", "the taking of a law enforcement officer as a hostage" and "illegal circulation of ammunition".