☷Readout of U S Attorney General Merrick B Garland s Meeting with Five Eyes Partners and Ukraine s Prosecutor General
U.S. Department of Justice ( By Press Release office)
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U . S . Attorney General Merrick B . Garland met virtually yesterday with Ukraine’s Prosecutor General , Iryna Venediktova , together with the Attorneys General of the Five Eyes countries: the United Kingdom’s Attorney General , Suella Braverman; Australia’s Attorney General , Michaelia Cash; Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General , David Lametti; and New Zealand’s Attorney General , David Parker . The leaders received an update from Prosecutor General Venediktova , affirmed their solidarity with the Ukrainian people , and discussed their coordinated efforts to hold accountable individuals whose criminal actions are enabling war crimes in Ukraine . They committed to continued close consultation and coordination . “America , and the world , are watching very closely what is happening in Ukraine . Every day , we see the heartbreaking images and read the horrific accounts of brutality , ” said Attorney General Merrick B . Garland . “But there is no hiding place for war criminals . The Justice Department has a long history of holding accountable those who perpetrate war crimes . Our commitment to working with our international partners , including Ukraine’s Prosecutor General , to investigate and prosecute those responsible for atrocities in Ukraine remains steadfast . We will be relentless in our efforts to bring to justice those who facilitate the death and destruction we are witnessing in Ukraine . ”In the meeting , Attorney General Garland underscored America’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s brutal aggression . He highlighted how the United States is continuing to surge security , humanitarian , economic , and legal assistance to Ukraine . He updated Prosecutor General Venediktova and Five Eyes partners on the actions the Justice Department is taking in coordination with international partners to further raise the costs on Russia , including through the Justice Department’s Task Force KleptoCapture . Attorney General Garland also discussed the $33 billion supplemental budget request to support Ukraine and package of legislative proposals that President Biden sent to Congress on April 28 , which would enhance the Justice Department’s ability to hold the Kremlin and Russian oligarchs accountable for the ongoing invasion of Ukraine .
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