Germans want investigation of crimes in Ukraine

More than half of the German population thinks that the European Union should investigate crimes committed during the Ukrainian crisis, with most respondents pointing out the crimes against humanity, an ICM poll commissioned by Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency revealed.

According to the poll, 54 percent of Germans say crimes that occurred during the conflict need to be investigated, while 41 percent stated that the union should not do so, with 5 percent remaining uncertain on the issue.

As much as 94 percent of the German respondents believe that it is crimes against humanity that should be investigated first and foremost. Almost everyone aged between 35 and 44, or 99 percent, support this idea.

Among those polled, 90 percent believe that cases of abduction and murder of media workers should also be investigated, with 94 percent of those between 35 and 44 years old, and 93 percent of those aged between 24 and 35 supporting such an investigation.

The reasons behind the Malaysia Airlines aircraft crash in eastern Ukraine in July should be investigated as well, 89 percent said. Such an opinion is common for Germans aged between 55 and 64, with 95 percent of respondents agreeing.

ICM conducted a survey among 3,006 randomly selected respondents from September 17 to 28 in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

In mid-April, the Ukrainian government launched a military operation in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to suppress independence supporters of the eastern regions, leading to thousands of casualties among civilians.

On September 23, several mass graves with more than 400 bodies of civilians and independence supporters were found near the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against several Ukraine’s officials accusing them of genocide of the Russian-speaking population in eastern Ukraine.