Ukraine: War Crimes

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 13th October 2022.

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Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps are being taken to provide Ukrainian prosecutors with forensic support following the exhumation of mass graves in territories liberated from Russia in the Kharkiv region.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Attorney General led a scoping mission to the region in May to assess how the UK could help Ukraine identify and collect evidence of atrocities. Since then, we have been supporting the Office of the Prosecutor General's capacity to investigate potential war crimes committed in Ukraine. Our £2.5 million support package includes: working with the EU and US to create the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group; the deployment of Mobile Justice Teams to war crime scenes; training of up to 90 judges; support from UK experts on sexual violence in conflict; and support for forensic evidence gathering.

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