U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday to discuss a “historic” agreement to hold war criminals accountable.
“Just now, the United States signed an historic agreement with Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, and Romania that will strengthen our efforts to hold Russian war criminals accountable,” he said, according to a speech provided by the Department of Justice.
Russia began its invasion of Ukraine a little more than a year ago. According to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, more than 8,000 civilians have been killed in Ukraine due to the invasion, including hundreds of children.
Garland – who has family that were killed in the Holocaust – said that Russian forces have been “committing atrocities at the largest scale in any armed conflict since the second World War,” and that “the perpetrators of those crimes will not get away with them.”
He quoted late Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, …