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Russian stabbed to death two Ukrainian soldiers in Germany

by Kateryna Denisova and Alexander Khrebet April 28, 2024 11:18 AM 2 min read
Photo for illustrative purposes: Those against the rise of the far-right gather for a rally on Jan. 27, 2024, in Gera, Germany. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets across Germany to protest against the AfD following the recent revelation that high-ranking AfD members met with far-right extremists at a villa in Potsdam last November. (Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)
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Editor's note: This item was updated after Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said the two Ukrainians killed were soldiers on rehabilitation in Germany.

A Russian man is suspected of killing two Ukrainian soldiers who were stabbed in the town of Murnau am Staffelsee in Germany on April 27, German local police and Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said.

Two men, aged 23 and 36, were found with stab wounds on the territory of a shopping center, according to the police. One of them reportedly died on the scene from severe injuries, and the other in the hospital the same evening.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on April 28 that the men were Ukrainian soldiers on medical rehabilitation in Germany. The ministry said Ukrainian consuls are clarifying information regarding the units where the late soldiers served.

Details and motives of the murder are being investigated.

The suspect, a 57-year-old Russian citizen, was detained at his home, the police said. Prosecutors requested to keep the suspect under arrest for the time of the investigation. A court is supposed to make a decision on the pre-trial restriction on April 28.

German police reported in February about the street knife attack on two Ukrainian basketball players in Germany. Seventeen-year-old Volodymyr Yermakov and 18-year-old Artem Kozachenko died in hospital due to injuries. The suspects were reportedly detained.

According to the Kyiv Basketball Federation, the attackers may have been motivated by hatred toward Ukraine. However, the German police reportedly do not believe the attack had a political motive, t-online reported.

Ukrainian teen basketball player killed in Germany
17-year-old Volodymyr Yermakov played for the ART Giants youth basketball team in Dusseldorf. The night before an upcoming match, he and his teammate Artem Kozachenko were reportedly attacked with knives on the street.
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