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Prison guards injured in prison riot in Ukraine

May 27, 2019
In this photo made available by Ukraine's Police Press Service, riot police stand at the prison in Odessa, Ukraine Monday, May 27, 2019. Police says four prison guards have been injured in clashes with inmates who have barricaded themselves in a prison in Ukraine's port city of Odessa. Serhiy Shaykhet, chief of the investigative unit at the Odessa police, said in televised remarks Monday that police are negotiating with the inmates. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)
In this photo made available by Ukraine's Police Press Service, riot police stand at the prison in Odessa, Ukraine Monday, May 27, 2019. Police says four prison guards have been injured in clashes with inmates who have barricaded themselves in a prison in Ukraine's port city of Odessa. Serhiy Shaykhet, chief of the investigative unit at the Odessa police, said in televised remarks Monday that police are negotiating with the inmates. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — Dozens of inmates in a Ukrainian prison rioted, set a fire and took guards and nurses hostage in an hours-long standoff on Monday that left four guards injured, officials said.

The incident took place in Odessa, a Black Sea port city, where black smoke was seen billowing over the prison compound in the morning.

The Ukrainian ombudswoman for human rights, Lyudmila Denisova, said that several dozen inmates rioted against prison administrators and took three prison guards and three nurses hostage.

Four prison guards were injured in clashes with the inmates and it took police and investigators four hours to enter the prison and end the standoff, Ukrainian police said.

Denisova said that the riot broke out after the guards started searching the cells for banned possessions such as drugs.

Vyacheslav Abroskin, deputy chief of the Ukrainian National Police, blamed “criminal gangsters” for inciting the inmates to seize the prison administration building and set it on fire.

Five inmates suspected of instigating the riot have been removed from the facility, Abroskin said.

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