Less than a year after the Russian attack on Ukraine, the President of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), Bruno Kahl, reported in detail for the first time how he left the capital Kiev on the day the war began, where he actually wanted to meet his Ukrainian colleague. In a documentary by stern, in which numerous top German politicians and security experts report on the beginning of the war from their personal perspective, Kahl describes the morning in Kiev, a last visit to the German embassy and the almost 40-hour drive to the Polish border. He also contradicts earlier reports that he was taken from Ukraine by a special unit. “It’s all nonsense,” said the BND boss.

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