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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for a “just court” in a Nuremberg-like trial to hold Russia accountable for war crimes in a speech late Wednesday night.
“Just as September 1, 1939 and June 22, 1941 ended in the Nuremberg trials, February 24, 2022 must end in a just court. Russia must be held accountable for all the evil it has brought to Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said in it. that has come into being. a regular nightly address for Ukrainians since Russia invaded almost 4 months ago.
Zelensky’s comments came just a day after Justice Minister Merrick Garland visited Ukraine and announced that the United States would not only support Investigations of the International Criminal Court into Russian war crimes, but would launch its own investigation.
“The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in the light of Russia’s continued aggression and attacks on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Garland said in a statement Tuesday. “America – and the world – have seen the many horrific images and read the heartbreaking stories of brutality and death that result from Russia’s unjust invasion of Ukraine.”
Garland said the Department of Justice (DOJ) will set up a war crime team to investigate and hold those responsible for those who have committed war crimes and human rights abuses.
Zelenskyy defended the United States’ efforts to independently investigate Russian war crimes, saying the investigation would be “one of the greatest contributions to the protection of international law and order in our time.”
Garland appointed Eli Rosenbaum to serve as an adviser on the responsibility of war crimes after his long career in identifying and deporting Nazi war criminals.
Rosenbaum, a 36-year-old DOJ veteran, served as director of the Office of Special Investigations, overseeing the criminal department of the department that investigated and prosecuted cases involving Nazi criminals.
Rosenbaum will now coordinate efforts across the DOJ and the federal government to hold those who have committed war crimes in Ukraine accountable.
“There is no hiding place for war criminals. The US Department of Justice will pursue any path to accountability for those who commit war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine,” Garland said. “By working with our national and international partners, the Ministry of Justice will be relentless in our efforts to hold every person accountable in the commission of war crimes, torture and other serious violations during the unprovoked conflict in Ukraine.”