Thirteen hostages in Ukraine have been released unharmed after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy agreed to the kidnapper’s demand that he recommend an animal rights documentary narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.
The hostage-taker was armed with guns and a grenade when he took over a bus, sparking a 12-hour standoff with police.
According to local reports, the state security service identified him as 44-year-old Maksym Kryvosh, an animal rights activist with a criminal record for gun possession.
In a bizarre twist, one of his demands was that Zelenskiy promote 2005 documentary Earthlings, a critique of mankind’s use of animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and for scientific research.
The Ukrainian President did so via a six-second clip posted on the presidential Facebook page, which was subsequently deleted.