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A third of Germans fear Nato-Russia war over Ukraine, poll finds

Published on Aug 7, 2014 1:24 AM
Ukrainian servicemen drive a military armoured vehicle along a road in Donetsk region on August 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - One in three Germans thinks a war could break out between Russia and Nato over the conflict in Ukraine, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday, a finding that helps explain the country's cautious approach to the crisis.

Germans, whose country was devastated in World War II and split into East and West during the Cold War, have applauded Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to prevent an escalation of Russia-Nato tensions.

Germany long resisted US calls for tougher sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea, and shifted position only after the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Nato said Russia may be poised to invade Ukraine, as it has amassed 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's eastern border.

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