Police snapped handcuffs onto emergency services chief Serhiy Bochkovsky and his deputy Vasiliy Stoyetsky and calmly marched the pair out of the cabinet meeting.
According to the country’s Interior minister, Arsen Avakov, both men were suspected of extorting bribes from fuel suppliers.
“This was not a show, this was not theatre. We decided it was necessary to do it this way, during the cabinet meeting, as inoculation, as a preventative measure against corrupt officials, of whom we unfortunately have many,” he said. He also stressed that their offices were also being raided as part of investigations.