German parliamentarians, particularly those of the Die Linke Party, called on the government of Angela Merkel to order an independent investigation into the presence of mercenaries in Ukraine.

Voltaire Network informed its readers as of March 3 and 4 about the presence of Israeli and U.S. mercenaries in Kiev [1]. On 9 March readers of the German weekly Bild am Sonntag got a glimpse of a video showing mercenaries employed by Academi (see below).

Thereafter, the weekly claimed not to know who hired the U.S. mercenaries, while the German press hinted to the presence of German mercenaries in their entourage.

Parliamentarians have voiced concern about the privatization of war and demanded to know whether the German authorities are involved in such operations.

This issue is particularly relevant in light of the following facts:
• Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the CDU, officially supports Ukrainian leader Vitali Klitchsko.
• On 1 December 2013, European Parliament President Martin Schultz was on Maidan Square pronouncing a speech against the democratically-elected government of Viktor Yanukovych.
• On 4 December, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle turned up to manifest his support to the Maidan Square protesters.
• On 7 December, the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, Elmar Brok, arrived on Maidan Square to deliver a speech in favor of Yulia Tymoshenko.
• On 29 January 2014, during a press conference with Vitali Klitschko at his side, Elmar Brok urged for the resignation of President Yanukovych.
• On 21 February, the three ministers of the Weimar Triangle, including Guido Westerwelle, negotiated and signed a political agreement between President Yanukovych and the Maidan opposition. However, this agreement served to mask the coup which materialized hours later while President Yanukovych was on his way to the province.
• On April 25, four German officers working for the OSCE, stepping out of their mandate, travelled to the east of the country where they were arrested for espionage by Ukrainian federalists and detained for a week.

[1"Israeli soldiers were camouflaged Maidan", Voltaire Network, 3 March 2014. And "U.S. mercenaries deployed in Southern Ukraine ", Voltaire Network, 4 March 2014.