Joint Investigation Team on international crimes in Ukraine to also investigate genocide – Prosecutor General’s Office

exhumation mass grave bodies izyum kharkiv oblast

Exhumation of bodies from the mass grave in Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, 24 September 2022/ Source: Telegram channel, pryamiy 

Latest news Ukraine

Members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on alleged core international crimes committed in Ukraine signed an agreement to investigate not only war crimes but also crimes of genocide, as reported by the Telegram channel of the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office, citing a statement by Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin.

 “International cooperation in investigation and prosecution of genocide has reached a new high.” We are joining forces with allies to investigate this “crime of crimes.” The agreement will facilitate the exchange of evidence and information, and international experts will bolster the work of the JIT,” stated Prosecutor General Kostin.

According to Kostin, the widespread and systematic nature of the war crimes committed in Ukraine’s occupied territories indicates a persecuting campaign against Ukrainians as a national group.

Currently, the investigations are focusing on two primary aspects:

  • whether certain war crimes exhibit signs of genocide
  • whether the identified patterns indicate a deliberate genocide policy

During the JIT coordination meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, the participants discussed the progress of the investigations and the direction, and consulted on crucial decisions pertaining to the JIT’s activities, as well as the possibility of Europol joining the group.

Read also:

UN Commission identifies individuals involved in war crimes in Ukraine, chief says

What it will take to prove Russia commits genocide in Ukraine

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

Tags: , , ,