Alleged Ukrainian attack on Russian teenager is 'fake,' says German police

State security officials in Germany are investigating a video about the alleged attack.
State security officials in Germany are investigating a video about the alleged attack. Copyright AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File
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Police believe a woman's viral video about the alleged attack was deliberately shared to stoke hatred.

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An alleged fatal attack on a Russian teenager in Germany by a group of Ukrainians is "fake," police have said.

Authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia said they had "no information about such a violent assault or a death".

Viral footage had shown a woman crying as she shared a friend's story about an alleged assault on a 16-year-old Russian-speaking boy in the town of Euskirchen.

But German police said on Twitter that the "fake" was deliberately spread to incite anti-Ukraine anger.

"A video is currently being circulated on the internet reporting an assault on a 16-year-old youth in the Euskirchen area," police said.

"The Bonn police, who are responsible for capital crimes in the Euskirchen area, have no information about such a violent assault or even about a death," they added.

"Experts currently assume that this is a deliberate "fake video" intended to incite hatred."

State security officials are investigating the matter and police have asked the public not to spread the video any further.

Additional sources • EFE

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