Hollywood-style jailbreak bid foiled in Ukraine

Moscow: A daring Hollywood-style attempt to spring two inmates from a penal colony in Ukraine was foiled by prison guards, the country's penitentiary service said.

A helicopter carrying two accomplices of the inmates, armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, which later turned out to be a dummy, landed on the territory of the Petrovskaya penal colony.

The prison guards stopped the helicopter's takeoff, detaining the escapees and their accomplices, the service said.

A year ago, a convicted murderer escaped from a high-security prison in Russia's Vologda region, using a rope ladder to climb aboard a helicopter hijacked by his accomplices.

Later the same day, he was recaptured by police.