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UK commits $4.6 million to support war crimes investigations in Ukraine

The funds will assist Ukraine in documenting, investigating, and prosecuting war crimes committed by the Russian military during the ongoing full-scale invasion.
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A member of the exhumation team stands among the graves. Photo: Kris Parker

The UK government has announced an additional £3.7 million ($4.6 million) package to aid Ukraine in documenting, investigating, and prosecuting war crimes. This funding is a significant boost to Ukraine’s efforts to bring justice to victims of Russian atrocities.

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office has recorded over 110,000 war crimes cases. The UK has been a steadfast ally, contributing to Ukraine’s capacity to hold perpetrators accountable. With a previous commitment of £2.5 million, the UK has already aided Ukraine in prosecuting over 50 Russian individuals for war crimes.

The new funding will enhance Ukrainian authorities’ abilities in using open-source intelligence and preparing strong legal cases.

“Through our financial backing and legal expertise, the UK will continue to stand with Ukraine as they hold perpetrators to account and ensure that survivor-centred justice is served,” said FCDO Minister of State, Lord Tariq Ahmad.

This support also extends to expanding the OPORA War Crimes Documentation Centre in Poland, with an allocation of over £200,000. The Centre plays a crucial role in documenting witness testimonies from Ukrainians who have fled the war.

The UK’s contribution is part of a broader effort, including support for the International Criminal Court and the development of a national action plan for conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) in Ukraine. The UK’s involvement in the Core Group and the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA) Multi-National Fund further underscores its commitment to accountability for war crimes in Ukraine.

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