Whom should I contact if I witnessed or am a victim of war crimes?
If you have information about possible war crimes related to the war in Ukraine, especially if you are a victim or an eyewitness, you can contact any police station. There they will ask you for information using a form with questions (in Ukrainian, Russian, English and German). They will then forward this information to the responsible authorities.
War crimes can be prosecuted in Germany even if they were committed by foreigners outside of Germany.
Under German law, war crimes may include the following, for example:
- attacks on civilians or civilian infrastructure such as residential areas, railway stations, hospitals, oil depots, gas pipelines, (nuclear) power plants, storage facilities for radioactive waste, etc.;
- aggression (hostage-taking, torture, rape or other mistreatment) or executions of civilians or prisoners of war by combat units;
- large-scale looting or destruction of property;
- interference with humanitarian aid;
- use of special kinds of bombs, such as cluster bombs, vacuum bombs, chemical or biological weapons.
The German police thank you for your information and assistance!