Attorney General Merrick Garland arrives in Ukraine for talks on Russia war crimes
New York Daily News June 21, 2022
(Tribune News Service) — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland jetted into Ukraine on Tuesday in a surprise visit for talks with prosecutors on Russian war crimes.
The top U.S. law enforcement official made the unannounced trip to the war-ravaged country to discuss efforts hold Russia accountable for the unprovoked invasion of its neighbor.
“The United States is sending an unmistakable message: There is no place to hide,” Garland said. “We will ... make sure that those who are responsible for these atrocities are held accountable.”
Garland met with Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova.
As well as the war crimes probe, Garland said he wanted to express the “unwavering support” of the U.S. for Ukraine as it seeks to repel the Russian invasion.
Garland, who was already planning to visit European allies, is the most recent top-ranking American official to travel to Ukraine.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in April.
Congressional delegations of leading Democrats and Republicans have also traveled to Kyiv to show support.
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