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Deadly 'Friendly Fire' Incident Under Investigation In Ukraine

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An armed policeman stands guard as police experts examine the scene of the incident in the small town of Knyazichi, some 30 kilometers east of Kyiv, on December 4.

An armed policeman stands guard as police experts examine the scene of the incident in the small town of Knyazichi, some 30 kilometers east of Kyiv, on December 4.

Ukrainian authorities say Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko will personally oversee the probe into what officials are calling a "friendly fire" shootout between police and state guards service agents that left at least five law-enforcement officers dead.

Authorities say the deadly incident occurred at about 4 a.m. on December 4, during a search for suspected armed robbers in the village of Knyazichi outside Kyiv.

The Prosecutor-General's Office said on its website on December 5 that the Kyiv regional prosecutor's office had given the green light for investigations into the shooting.

Ukrainian media reports said that a number of armed robbery suspects were detained later on December 4.

President Petro Poroshenko on December 4 said the tragedy "should not be politicized" and called on Ukrainians "not to use it to destabilize" the situation in the country.

With reporting by ua112.ua and UNIAN
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