Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov retracted the information about Lutsk hijacker having undergone any treatment at a psychiatric clinic. He said so at a briefing on July 21.
"They spread information that this man was undergoing treatment in the asylum. This is a false piece of information", Avakov said.
Previously, the criminal investigation department claimed that the assailant was undergoing treatment in the asylum.
Avakov avoided any comments on how negotiations go; according to him, "the terrorist has a smartphone and he can trace all the comments".
Ruslan Baranetsky, the first deputy head of the State Security Service claimed that the negotiations are underway. "We hope it will be solved calmly, in a peaceful manner," he said.
The hijacker took bus passengers, hostages, in the morning of July 21. He is armed; besides, he threatened to detonate a bomb that he had hidden in the city. The police and special services are negotiating with him. The assailant stated that among hostages are children and pregnant women.