Prosecutor Karim Khan will meet with the head of European Diplomacy Josep Borrell and take part in a meeting of EU foreign ministers.
The leaders of the European Union will discuss the investigation of war crimes in Ukraine during negotiations with the chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the European Commission reported.
Prosecutor Karim Khan will meet with the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell on Sunday in Luxembourg, and then take part in a meeting of EU foreign ministers, which will be held there on Monday.
This demonstrates the continued support of the European Union and the G7 for investigations into atrocities in Ukraine, in particular the mass murder of people in Bucha. The government of Ukraine and several EU countries have stated that Russia – whose troops occupied Bucha in March – is responsible for the deaths of citizens, and the actions of Russians fall under the definition of a war crime. Moscow denies these charges.
The EU leadership is cautious and does not rush to final conclusions, preferring to wait for the results of the investigation of war crimes, which will be conducted in Ukraine by the International Criminal Court with the help of the European Union, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the OSCE.
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who visited Bucha on Friday with Borrell, assessed what happened in the city as definitely a war crime. However, she added that a rigorous investigation should be conducted before making any accusations. This is necessary for the presentation of any judicial charges of committing war crimes.
The EU has allocated $8.2 million to train Ukrainian prosecutors in methods of investigating war crimes.
Accusations against Russia intensified on Friday after a missile attack on Kramatorsk, a city in eastern Ukraine, where 52 people were killed in the strike. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that her office had received “reliable information that the Russian armed forces used cluster bombs in populated areas.”
Prosecutor Khan said in early April that the ICC had already opened several investigations into alleged war crimes in Ukraine. Borrell, speaking at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv on Friday, said: “We are faced with war crimes, and we will help you, we will help the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office to present evidence to the International Criminal Court.”
The EU and Ukraine have created a joint investigative group that will collect evidence in Bucha and other cities, with the participation of forensic experts from some European countries.
The official representative of the European Commission said that the EU Judicial Cooperation Agency (Eurojust) and the International Criminal Court have joined forces to conduct a joint investigation. In addition, 10 EU member states have opened their own national investigations into alleged crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine, the European Commission added.