In the 1997 film "The Peacemaker", LTC Tom Devoe of Army Special Ops is teamed up with the temporary head of the DOE nuclear response unit, Dr. Julia Kelly. Their mission is to track down nuclear warheads that were stolen from a train in Russia.
Russian colonel Dimitri Vertikoff - a friend of Devoe's - helps them track the warheads to a trucking company in Austria that is actually a front for the Russian mafia. To get the information they need, Devoe interrogates the executive in charge of scheduling, but not before the company's security team identifies Devoe as Army Special Ops.
Shortly after leaving the location, they are stopped by several men in two cars and
Dimitri is gunned down before Devoe can kill the men.
Devoe does not understand the motive behind this and later laments that there was no reason for it.
Was the attack a retaliation against Devoe for his treatment of the executive, or was it simply an attempt to silence Devoe & Kelly given that they know the truth about the company?