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Germany. The Minister of Defense announces the withdrawal of the entire platoon from Lithuania

Germany.  The Minister of Defense announces the withdrawal of the entire platoon from Lithuania

German weekly newspaper Spiegel reported that Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced that she would withdraw the entire platoon in connection with the alleged misconduct of German army soldiers in Lithuania. Soldiers are accused, among other things, of sexual assault and racial insult. It was also revealed during interrogations that on April 20 they “sang a birthday song for Adolf Hitler”.

“In Germany, all necessary investigations and actions will continue and the consequences will be worked out,” German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wrote on Twitter. Earlier, the Spiegel website reported that the Bundeswehr had withdrawn four German soldiers from the NATO mission in Lithuania “due to alleged gross misconduct in an internal event that spiraled out of control”.

The Defense Ministry said the investigation revealed initial suspicions of crimes such as sexual assault, insult and possibly racism and extortion, as well as extremist behaviour. A soldier reported the case on 8 June.

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Concerts, sexual harassment, songs in honor of Hitler

“At a party on April 30 at a hotel near Rukla, some tank soldiers on the so-called weekend got so drunk and celebrated so badly that hotel staff reported it to the German military police. One of the soldiers sexually molested.. his sleeping companion.. it appears that a soldier last picture “.

It was also revealed during interrogations that on April 20 (Adolf Hitler’s birthday) some soldiers “sang a birthday song for Adolf Hitler”. Spiegel wrote: “The incident occurred in the barracks of the Lithuanian army in Rukla and was noticed by a senior officer. An internal memo stated that the soldiers were singing a song against the sergeant’s express orders. However, it appears that he was not informed.”

The German Defense Minister will withdraw the entire platoon in connection with the alleged misconduct of German army soldiers in LithuaniaReuters

The main suspect pressured the soldiers of the other platoon.

“The accusations are so explosive that the Berlin Ministry of Defense was informed of the case last weekend. Those who may have known about the incidents but did not provide information will also be brought to justice,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said. Soldiers in the hotel incidents, it turns out, the main accused put pressure on soldiers of the other platoon. In order not to inform ”- wrote the newspaper.

German soldiers in Lithuania as part of the reinforced forward presence (NATO) in the so-called eastern flank. Since 2017, several hundred German soldiers have trained local units in Lithuania and conducted joint exercises to be ready to act in the shortest possible time in the event of a threat.

“Soldiers regularly spend weekends at the hotel to recover after exercise. The whole incident is also questionable, since German soldiers in the NATO camp are forbidden to drink alcohol,” Spiegel wrote.

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