A murder probe was launched into the deaths of Olga Zharkova, 34, and her two sons, aged three and a month, after they fell from a 19th-floor flat in Moscow, Russia
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A mother allegedly jumped nearly 200ft to her death with her newborn baby and toddler in her arms, killing both children, police said.
Olga Zharkova, 34, and her two sons, aged three and a month, died in the fall from a 19th-floor flat in Moscow, where detectives launched a murder investigation. .
The mother-of-two allegedly suffered from severe depression after taking her own life and killing her children in the 190ft fall, investigators said.
Zharkova, the wife of a Russian military officer, wrote that she wrote a note saying she did not want to leave her children in the “poor, sad world” and touched the children as they fell from the high plateau. .
“She complained to her acquaintances that she had postnatal depression,” a law enforcement source told Komsomolskaya Pravda.
“He felt lonely and tired.”
Husband Dmitry, 35, was shocked when he arrived at the scene.
Olga complained that her husband had been away from home for long periods of time in his military duties, reports said law enforcement cited.
The Russian Investigative Committee has opened an investigation into the murder in the deaths of two children.
A “postmortem psychiatric analysis” will be conducted on the mother, reports said.
Also in Russia, a professional speed skater already dead after being reportedly hit by a truck during a running show on his 23rd birthday.
Ruslan Zakharov won a medal at the Junior World Championships in 2017 and passed away on his birthday in his hometown of Khabarovsk, the Russian Skating Union confirmed on Tuesday.
A winner of the 500m bronze at the 2017 championship in Helsinki, he was taken into intensive care after the accident but he never felt better again.
In a statement, the Russian Skating Union said: “As a result of the tragedy, the medalist of the Junior World Championships, the winner of the Junior World Cup in speed skating, several Russian Championship winners Ruslan Zakharov died.
“The Russian Skating Union expresses its deepest condolences to Ruslan’s family, friends and relatives.”