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The Berlin gazebo with a Ukrainian flag is on fire: state security is investigating

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A flagpole with a Ukrainian flag may have caught fire in a Berlin garden on Sunday. The police do not rule out a political motive, which is why the state security of the Criminal State Police is investigating, as announced on Monday.

Consequently, the wooden flagpole initially burned down at the Koppelweg facility in Britz on Sunday. The flames then spread to the gazebo next door. People were not harmed.

Most of the crimes in Berlin related to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine have anti-Russian backgrounds, like a knife attack in Kreuzberg last Saturday or an arson attack on a German-Russian private school. In the first month of the invasion, the police recorded a total of 117 crimes.

A small proportion of the crimes were reportedly directed against Ukraine. A single-digit number of cases is known where a Ukrainian aid organization or helper is affected.

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For the most part, it was property damage, threats and insults to Russian institutions or people from Russia or Belarus, according to a statement on Friday. An investigation group of the state security agency responsible for political acts in the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) is prosecuting the cases.

A small proportion of the crimes were reportedly directed against Ukraine. A single-digit number of cases is known where a Ukrainian aid organization or helper is affected. The police also confirmed that the LKA was aware of a robbery at the home of a Ukrainian network helper, which had been reported by “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and WDR.


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