Garland pledges to help Ukraine prosecute war crimes during unannounced visit

Attorney General Merrick Garland paid an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Tuesday where he met with Ukrainian Attorney General Iryna Venediktov and affirmed his commitment to prosecuting war crimes committed during the Russian invasion.

Driving the news: “I am here to continue our discussions … on the steps the United States has taken to help Ukrainian authorities hold accountable those responsible for the war crimes atrocities the world has witnessed,” Garland said. Tuesday, by a video of a Justice Department official.

  • “The United States sends an unequivocal message: there is no place to hide,” he continued.
  • “We and our partners will pursue all available avenues to ensure those responsible for these atrocities are held accountable.”
  • “I’m here to express America’s unwavering support for the people of Ukraine amid the unjust and unprovoked Russian invasion,” Garland also said.

The big picture: In March, the United States accused Russian forces of committing war crimes in Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying, “We are committed to pursuing accountability using all available tools, including legal pursuits”.

Dive deeper… What is considered a war crime and why it is so hard to prosecute

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