Ukraine's Zelenskyy calls for 'fair tribunal' in Nuremberg-style trials to hold Russia accountable

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy calls for ‘fair tribunal’ in Nuremberg-style trials to hold Russia accountable

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for a “fair court” in a Nuremberg-style trial to hold Russia accountable for war crimes in a late-night speech on Wednesday.

“Just as September 1, 1939 and June 22, 1941 ended in the Nuremberg trials, February 24, 2022 must end in a fair court. Russia must be held accountable for all the evil it has brought to Ukraine.” Zelenskyy said in what has become a regular late-night speech for Ukrainians since Russia invaded almost 4 months ago.

Zelenskyy’s comments came just a day after Attorney General Merrick Garland visited Ukraine and announced that the United States would not only support the International Criminal Court’s investigations into Russian war crimes, but would launch its own investigation.

In this photo provided by the Presidential Press Office of Ukraine on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends a meeting with military officials during his visit to the war-hit Mykolaiv region.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

AG GARLAND MAKES A SURPRISE VISIT TO UKRAINE TO SUPPORT THE UNITED STATES BEHIND WAR CRIMES TRIALS

“The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in the face of Russia’s continued aggression and assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Garland said in a statement Tuesday. “The United States, and the world, have seen many horrific images and read the harrowing accounts of brutality and death that have resulted from Russia’s unjust invasion of Ukraine.”

Garland said the Department of Justice (DOJ) will create a War Crimes Accountability Team to investigate and hold accountable those who have committed war crimes and human rights violations.

Zelenskyy defended US efforts to independently investigate Russian war crimes, saying the investigation will be “one of the greatest contributions to the protection of international law and order of our time.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference Monday, June 13, 2022, at the Justice Department in Washington.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference Monday, June 13, 2022, at the Justice Department in Washington.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Garland appointed Eli Rosenbaum to serve as War Crimes Accountability Counsel following his long career identifying and deporting Nazi war criminals.

Rosenbaum, who has a 36-year tenure with the Justice Department, served as Director of the Office of Special Investigations and oversaw the criminal division in the department that investigated and prosecuted cases involving Nazi criminals.

In this photo provided by the Presidential Press Office of Ukraine on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, awards a serviceman while visiting the war-torn Mykolaiv region.

In this photo provided by the Presidential Press Office of Ukraine on Saturday, June 18, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, awards a serviceman while visiting the war-torn Mykolaiv region.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

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Rosenbaum will now coordinate efforts by the Justice Department and the federal government to hold accountable those who have committed war crimes in Ukraine.

“There is no hiding place for war criminals. The US Department of Justice will pursue all avenues of accountability for those who commit war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine,” Garland said. “Working together with our domestic and international partners, the Justice Department will be relentless in our efforts to hold accountable all those complicit in the commission of war crimes, torture and other serious violations during the unprovoked conflict in Ukraine.”

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