US and Ukraine will work together to prosecute war crimes

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US Attorney General Merrick Garland met with Ukraine’s top prosecutor in Washington on Tuesday and agreed to work more closely to prosecute individuals involved in war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine, the US Department of Justice said.

Garland and Ukrainian Attorney General Andriy Kostin discussed efforts to hold criminals accountable after the invasion of Russia.

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Both officials signed a memorandum of understanding that will facilitate closer cooperation, the department said in a statement.

What is a war crime?

The International Criminal Court has specific definitions for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression. read about them in this guide published by the TPI.

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Specifically, targeting civilian populations, violating the Geneva Conventions, targeting specific groups of people and others could all be potential Russian war crimes.

“One thing is certain: intentionally directing bombings or targeting civilians or civilian objects is a crime within the jurisdiction of the court,” ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

“And even if there is a military need, there is a clear obligation on the parties to the conflict not to use disproportionate force, to ensure that the ammunition used and the weapons do not have too wide a reach in areas with many civilians,” he continued.

*With information from CNN International

Source: CNN Brasil

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