The suspected gunman– who was briefly now on the run– allegedly grabbed an AK-47 and ammunition from the facility before opening fire at about 4 a.m. local time, Deutsche Welle, the German news outlet, reported. Five other soldiers were injured.
The report, citing the country’s Interior Ministry, said that the alleged gunman was a 20-year-old who served on the National Guard of Ukraine. The suspected gunman fled the Southern Machine Building dressed in camouflage concealing the AK-47, authorities said. He was later identified as Artemiy Ryabchuk, according to reports. Authorities released photos of his arrest.
The country has been on edge since the Russian troop buildup along its eastern border. There is a possibility that its neighbor is planning an invasion despite assurances from Moscow.
The motive of the shooting is not immediately clear. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News.
The New York Times reported that the shooting occurred hours after the U.S. and NATO presented its response to Russia’s list of demands involving NATO’s expansion in the region.
Moscow was likely dissatisfied with the response because U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington reaffirmed its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and “the right of states to choose their own security arrangements and alliances.”