- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Brutal Assault on Ukrainian Women Sparks Concern in Plasy: Police Launch Investigation
A shocking incident unfolded on Sunday, August 13th, in the serene town of Plasy, nestled within the northern Pilsen region, leaving the community deeply disturbed and prompting a thorough police investigation. Two Ukrainian women, who had sought refuge in the Czech Republic amid the ongoing Russian aggression, were brutally attacked by an unidentified assailant near a local merry-go-round. The incident has sent shockwaves through the community and reignited discussions about safety and xenophobia.
Tatyana, 44, one of the victims, recounted the chilling events leading up to the assault. “We went to the merry-go-round with the children. Then we sat down with Lilia on the curb and talked. An old Skoda Octavia with a trailer stopped next to us, and the man behind the wheel asked if we were from Ukraine. Then he drove a few meters away, left the car running and came back to us,” she said. The situation rapidly escalated as the man launched into a barrage of profanities before physically attacking the women.
Tatyana described how the assailant unleashed a flurry of punches on her face and turned his aggression toward her friend Lilia. Tatyana’s quick thinking allowed her to seize the moment when the attacker’s attention momentarily shifted, enabling her to grab the car key from the ignition and prevent his escape.
However, the situation took a darker turn when two more men arrived at the scene. They assaulted Tatyana, causing her to drop the key. The initial attacker seized the opportunity, retrieved the key, and fled in his vehicle. Lilia was left unconscious on the ground, her face bloodied. Witnesses who came across the distressing scene promptly called the police and an ambulance.
Miraculously, Tatyana only suffered bruises from the ordeal. In contrast, Lilia bore the brunt of the violence, sustaining an open jaw fracture and fractures to the zygomatic and nasal bones. Paramedics swiftly transported her to the emergency room of Pilsen University Hospital.
Police spokesperson Eva Červenková affirmed that the police were actively investigating the incident, delving into every facet of the case to ascertain the full scope of events. At the time, she refrained from disclosing whether a suspect had been apprehended.
The victims, baffled by the unprovoked attack, grappled to understand the motive behind it. “We did not quarrel with anyone, we did not provoke anyone to do anything,” they asserted. However, they acknowledged the incident might be linked to a previous horrifying case involving a young Ukrainian who had brutally assaulted and attempted to murder a 15-year-old girl in Pilsen, which had fueled resentment against Ukrainians in the area.
This deeply distressing event serves as a sobering reminder of the challenges faced by refugees, even in foreign lands. As the investigation unfolds, the hope is that justice will prevail, shedding light on the motivations behind this heinous act and, perhaps, curbing the rising tide of animosity in the community.
Article by Prague Forum