German cops hunt Russian man who threw Ukrainian boy, 10, off bridge

German police hunt for Russian man who hospitalised Ukrainian boy, 10, by throwing him off a bridge and chucking glass bottle at his shoulder for speaking native language

  • Investigators are treating the attack as an attempted murder case
  • The unnamed Russian man threw the boy off a bridge in central Germany
  • He allegedly attacked them after they spoke Ukrainian in front of him 

German police are hunting for a Russian man who hospitalised a young Ukrainian boy by throwing him off a bridge and chucking a glass bottle at his shoulder for daring to speak his native language. 

Investigators from the Prosecutor’s Office of Göttingen are treating the ‘politically motivated’ attack as attempted murder, which was carried out last week against a group of children sat on a bridge in the small German town of Einbeck, Lower Saxony, who all spoke Ukrainian. 

The Russian man, believed to be in his early 40s, threw an as-yet-unnamed boy off a bridge, understood to be one that crossed the Krummes Wasser river in the south of the town, and pulled the hair of a young girl. 

The boy hit the bridge’s iron girders before dropping into the water fives metres below, before the unnamed Russian picked up a glass bottle and threw it at his shoulder. 

He then fled the scene, and the other children told their parents about the incident, which prosecutors are treating as an attempted murder. 

The attack is understood to have taken place over this bridge over the Krummes Wasser river in the south of the town

Cops are on the hunt for the as-yet-unnamed Russian man, who is believed to have been in his early 40s

The attack took place in the small town of Einbeck in Lower Saxony

The Russian man, who was reported to have been wearing a blue T-shirt, a black cap and denim shorts, told the children they needed to speak Russian, and claimed that Ukraine had started the war. 

The Ukrainian boy was taken to hospital, where doctors said he suffered injuries to his head and left foot. 

He was released from hospital shortly after arriving after doctors said he had not suffered serious injuries. 

The attack drew swift condemnation. Sergej Sumlenny, the director of the European Resilience Centre, told the Telegraph: ‘This clearly shows the level of hatred among a certain large group who lives in Germany. Many identify themselves with Russia and the Soviet Union – they watch Russian TV and are totally brainwashed with Russian propaganda’

‘This is a standard level of anti-Ukrainianism that you see among Russians, a readiness to hate, cause pain and even kill indiscriminately just because this person speaks Ukrainian.’

Germany has one of the highest number of ethnic Russians outside of Russia in the world, with 3.5 million people in the country considering themselves to have Russian blood. 

Attacks on Ukrainians in Germany have increased dramatically since Russia invaded Ukraine last February. 

Germany’s support of Ukraine has only grown since war broke out, angering both ethnic Russians and the German far-right. 

Some Ukrainians in Berlin have reported removing all Ukrainian symbols from their clothing for fear of being targeted.

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