Attorney General Merrick Garland is visiting Ukraine, where he will discuss efforts to identify, arrest and prosecute those involved in war crimes and other atrocities committed during Russia’s invasion.
Garland met with Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova on Tuesday, and said that the United States is sending an “unwavering support” for the people of Ukraine in the midst of the unprovoked and unjust Russian invasion.
Garland said that there is “no place to hide,” as he reiterated that all avenues are being explored to hold those responsible accountable.
The Justice Department has been increasingly active in its efforts to hold Russia accountable for its attack against Ukraine.
This week, Attorney General William Barr pledged to help Ukraine pursue war criminals by identifying individuals who may have participated in the conflict between Russian-backed separatist forces and Ukrainian government troops. This is just one of several steps the department has taken this year in response to Russia’s attack against Ukraine.
In addition to launching a task force focused on seizing yachts and other luxury assets of Russian oligarchs in order to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin, the department also announced last week that it had taken possession of a superyacht seized in Fiji a month earlier that is believed to be owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov.