Garland heads to Ukraine to talk war crime prosecution

Garland heads to Ukraine to talk war crime prosecution


Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday will make an unannounced visit to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and discuss U.S. and international efforts to prosecute war crimes resulting from Russia’s invasion, according to a Justice Department official.

Garland is the latest member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet to make a trip to the war-torn country; Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled there together in April. The Justice Department previously announced last week that Garland was traveling elsewhere in Europe for various meetings.

Garland’s visit will come after he revealed in April that the Justice Department is contributing to international investigations into alleged war crimes in Ukraine, escalating U.S. involvement in efforts to hold Russia legally accountable for atrocities committed during its invasion.


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