Attorney General Merrick Garland Makes Unannounced Visit to Ukraine

Garland pledged support for investigations into alleged Russian war crimes

Attorney General Merrick Garland became the latest high-level US official to travel to Ukraine on Friday when he made an unannounced visit to the western city of Lviv.

According to Justice Department officials, Garland was invited by Ukraine’s top prosecutor to make the trip. During the visit, he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and pledged US support to investigate alleged Russian war crimes.

Garland’s trip to Ukraine came a few days after Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited the country and a few weeks after President Biden did.

“We are here today in Ukraine┬áto┬áspeak clearly, and with one voice: the perpetrators of those crimes will not get away with them,” Garland while in Lviv, according to Axios. He made a similar pledge when he visited Ukraine in June 2022, a few months after the Russian invasion.

Garland said Friday that the Department of Justice is working with Ukrainian prosecutors on investigations. He said a recent change in US law allows “to prosecute alleged war criminals from anywhere in the world who are found in the United States.”

While pushing for investigations into Russian war crimes, the Biden administration has opposed other international efforts to probe alleged war crimes committed by the US and its allies. The Biden administration has said it’s against the International Criminal Court’s efforts to investigate Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and US operations in Afghanistan.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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