Ukraine crisis: Police finally freed hostages in Lutsk.

A stand-off with a gunman in Ukraine has ended with police storming a bus and freeing his hostages after hours of negotiations, officials say.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov tweeted pictures of the gunman lying on the ground after his arrest in the city of Lutsk.

Twitter post by @AvakovArsen: Луцк. Все целы!

The man had originally been holding about 20 hostages but released three shortly before the police moved in. All the hostages are said to be unharmed.

The man has been named by police as Maksym Kryvosh, 44, from Russia, who has previous convictions.

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One of the gunman’s demands was that senior politicians state they are terrorists.

“Everyone is okay,” Mr Avakov tweeted (in Russian) following the end of the siege.

The interior minister was in Lutsk to lead negotiations with the gunman.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also held talks with the hostage-taker, which his spokeswoman Yuliya Mendel said had led to the release of the first three hostages.

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