Ukrainians killed in Murnau: Public Prosecutor General’s Office takes over investigation

Ukrainians killed in Murnau: Public Prosecutor General’s Office takes over investigation

Two Ukrainians are stabbed to death in front of a shopping center in Bavaria. The suspected perpetrator is Russian. It is unclear whether there is a connection with the war in Ukraine. The Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office is investigating.

In the case of the Ukrainians killed in Upper Bavaria, the Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office has taken over the investigation. A political motivation for the crime cannot be ruled out, a spokesman for the prosecution said on Monday afternoon, confirming a “Spiegel” report. The Bavarian Central Office for Combating Extremism and Terrorism (ZET) is specifically responsible within the authority.

Kyiv: Ukrainians killed were soldiers

Kiev had previously confirmed that the two Ukrainians allegedly killed by a Russian were members of the country’s armed forces. The two men were in Germany for medical rehabilitation after war injuries, Ukrainian media reported. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had instructed his diplomats to keep a close eye on the case and to maintain constant contact with Germany’s security organs so that the suspect would be punished to the fullest extent of the law, according to reports on Sunday evening.

Kuleba thanked the German authorities for the arrest of the 57-year-old suspect, as the Internet portal “Ukrainskaya Pravda” reported. The Russian is said to have killed the two Ukrainians who were found with stab wounds on the premises of a shopping center on Saturday. According to police information on Monday, there is so far no evidence that the crime is related to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, which Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin began on February 24, 2022. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians and Russians live in Germany.

Murnau’s victim and perpetrator apparently knew each other

It is currently being clarified in which Ukrainian units the men served, according to media reports in Kiev. Contact with relatives will also be made. The men, aged 23 and 36, lived in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district. According to investigators, they died of stab wounds – the older of the two directly at the crime scene, the younger one a short time later in a hospital.

The investigating judge issued an arrest warrant for murder on Sunday. According to the investigation so far, it appears as if the three men knew each other, a police spokesman said. Details still need to be clarified.

Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) told Bayerischer Rundfunk on Sunday: “There are witness statements that the three people involved had already been seen together before. There are indications that a lot of alcohol was involved for everyone involved. That must be the case “We have no compelling indication at the moment that this would be a reflection of the dispute between Russia and Ukraine.”

Note: This article has been updated.

Source: Stern

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