In Kharkiv, five hostages were released from the seized post office - three women and two children. This was reported by the press secretary of President Petro Poroshenko Svyatoslav Tsegolko on Twitter with reference to the information of the Security Service of Ukraine.
"The SBU chairman just reported to the president about the release of five hostages in Kharkiv, these are three women and two children," Tsegolko said.
Local media reported that doctors took them to ambulances.
At the moment, there are six hostages in the building.
The police of Kharkiv confirmed the release of 3 women and 2 children on the Facebook page.
"As of 18:10, the police managed to persuade the attacker to release a certain part of the detainees - two children and three women - who are now safe," the police said.
For the management of the situation on the scene, the leadership of the State Unitary Enterprise, the investigative and operational group of the Kiev police department, the operational police units work.
As reported, in Kharkov on the street. Shevchenko near the shopping center "Rost" about 15 hours a man seized the office of "Ukrposhta". The attacker said that he had an explosive attached to it, which he was ready to use.
Earlier the head of the Kharkiv region police Oleg Bekh said on the air ща 112 Ukraine that the demands of an unknown man who had taken hostages in the Ukrposhta office in Kharkiv on December 30 were related to the exchange of prisoners of Donbas.