The field office of the International Criminal Court has started work in Kyiv. He will investigate war crimes directly on the spot. Now this is the largest representation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs outside The Hague, where its headquarters are located.
The opening of the office was announced at a briefing on Thursday by Prosecutor of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Karim Khan and General Prosecutor of Ukraine Andriy Kostin. Kostin promised that the investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will work together with the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office.
Representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs have been present in Ukraine for more than a year. Kostin highly appreciated the work of the team of the Ministry of Internal Affairs under the leadership of Brenda Hollis, who investigated alleged crimes on the ground – for example, after the destruction of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam. One of the results of her actions was the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the Children’s Rights Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova on suspicion of the forcible deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia.
“We are completely open and transparent. We provide all the necessary materials, access to places of crime, evidence and testimony. We do everything in our power so that the experts of the International Criminal Court have the opportunity to see the consequences of the crime of the aggressor with their own eyes and draw their own impartial conclusions. Together with all the civilized in peace, we are united by one goal: to ensure fair punishment of the aggressor for all committed crimes”. – said Kostin.
- At the moment, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine has registered more than 104,000 war criminals, and their number is increasing daily.
- Russia does not grant the Ministry of Internal Affairs access to the Ukrainian territories occupied by it.