According to one report, since the beginning of the war, the security authorities have registered 31 trips from Germany to Ukraine by “people with extremist connections”. According to the findings of the Federal Police, the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, eight of them wanted to take part in combat operations, and two had “concrete indications” that they had implemented this plan,” reported the “Spiegel” on Friday from its new edition.
Six people were “probably” still in Ukraine. In the case of five others, the journey failed or could have been stopped – for example by an “official ban on leaving the country” with security of the passport. If you still travel, you can be prosecuted. This is intended to prevent extremists from receiving “intensive weapons training”, gaining war experience or even acquiring weapons of war.
A total of “travel intentions” by 52 people have become known. According to the report, the authorities did not provide any further information about them. According to “Spiegel” information, the eight alleged combatants are mostly members of the right-wing extremist scene who apparently wanted to fight on the Ukrainian side. (AFP)
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office is launching a preliminary investigation into an airstrike that killed around 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war. The authority announces this. 130 people were injured in the attack on the territory of a detention center.
Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the attack in the pro-Russian separatist-controlled Donetsk region. According to Russian information, the building in the Olenivka area was shot at with US-made Himars rockets. The Ukrainian General Staff denied that its troops had attacked the prison. (Reuters)
A Ukrainian court has reduced the sentence for the first convicted Russian war criminal on appeal. Vadim Shishimarin was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the court said on Friday in Kyiv. In May, the judges sentenced the then 21-year-old to life imprisonment.
The young man had admitted shooting an unarmed 62-year-old man on a bicycle. He stressed that he acted under pressure from another soldier. The two were on their way back to Russian territory in a stolen car.
It was the first verdict in a war crimes trial after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Schishimarin’s lawyer had appealed because he believed the verdict had been influenced by societal pressures. (AFP)