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US working with allies to gather evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

Dozens of bodies wait to be buried at a cemetery in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Dozens of bodies wait to be buried at a cemetery in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The US Justice Department is working with European allies and prosecutors in Ukraine to investigate potential war crimes after Russia’s invasion.

Attorney General Merrick Garland says that US prosecutors across the world are working to collect evidence and to “collect the information on atrocities that we have all seen in both photographs and video footage.”

He points specifically to photos and videos from Bucha, where Associated Press journalists have witnessed evidence of killings and torture, including charred bodies.

But Garland stops short of calling for a tribunal like the one set up to hold Nazi leaders to account after World War II. He says US prosecutors in Paris are meeting with the French war crimes prosecutor, and that other Justice Department lawyers had met with prosecutors in Europe “to work out a plan for gathering evidence with respect to Ukraine.”

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