Police gunshots were fired on a vehicle outside the Ukrainian embassy in London today after the driver “deliberately rammed” into the official car of the country’s UK ambassador.

The embassy statement said: “Despite the police actions, the attacker hit the ambassador’s car again. In response, the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator’s vehicle. The culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station.”

The ambassador, Natalia Galibarenko, was not believed to be at the embassy at the time and the embassy said no other staff were injured.

Ch Supt Andy Walker, from the Met’s specialist firearms command, said: “As is standard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident. While this takes place, I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved this morning who responded swiftly to this incident and put themselves in harm’s way, as they do every day, to keep the people of London safe.”

This incident is not being treated as terrorist related.

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