Russian-German school in Berlin set ablaze
Amid a wave of Russophobia in the West, arson was committed in a Russian-German bilingual school in Berlin.
Unknown assailants started a fire at the gym entrance of the Lomonosov Russian-German bilingual school in Berlin Thursday through Friday night, the Berlin police said.
The police revealed that the arson did not result in any casualties, and the fire was extinguished after a passer-by called the fire brigade and the police to the school.
"After unknown people set fire to the entrance of a gym in Marzahn this morning, the police department of state security is now investigating at the Berlin Criminal Police Office," the police said.
"An attentive passer-by called the fire brigade and the police to the Allee der Kosmonauten at around 3.20 a.m. [02:20 GMT] when he noticed smoke in the gym of the German-Russian school."
The police initially tried to put out the fire, but they required help from the fire department in extinguishing the blaze and preventing it from spreading, according to the police statement on the incident.
The network of the Lomonosov bilingual private schools has been operating in Berlin for the better part of two decades, having been established in 2006. The network offers primary and secondary education in Russian and German.
Russian facilities abroad have been subjected to assaults and acts of vandalism following Russia's announcement of a special military operation on Ukraine in late February.
Russia's operation was launched for several reasons, such as NATO's eastward expansion, the Ukrainian shelling of Donbass, and the killing of the people of the Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic, in addition to Moscow wanting to "denazify" and demilitarize Ukraine.
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The West has met the operation with a massive wave of sanctions accompanied by a media campaign aimed at undermining Russia and reflecting a certain image of Russia, causing the spread of Russophobia around the world.