Attorney General Andriy Kostin and United States Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink discussed continued cooperation on war crimes accountability, support for anti-corruption efforts, and justice reform.
The diplomat announced this in Twitterreports Ukrinform.
“Discussed with Attorney General Kostin continued cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General regarding war crimes accountability, support for anti-corruption efforts and justice reforms to uphold the rule of law, which is important for Ukraine’s democratic and prosperous future,” Brink said.
According to the UCP, the ambassador positively assessed the appointment of the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office.
“Ukraine must win both wars: the external one against the aggressor country, and the internal one against corruption. My position as Attorney General and as a citizen is that each of us is on the front lines and must work to win. For my part, I am ready to provide all necessary support to the anti-corruption authorities,” Kostin stressed.
Separately, the parties discussed the importance of an effective investigation of the crimes of aggression and war crimes of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. The Prosecutor General noted that the support of international experts and experienced professionals is very important for restoring justice – the main request of society.
“Effective coordination on the part of the prosecutor’s office is key both to revitalize the work of the law enforcement system and for international partnership support projects. We are working to strengthen this role of the prosecution authorities, because our main goal is the result of the investigation of war crimes, which the Ukrainians demand,” he stressed.
Brink noted that the partners are ready to continue to provide their assistance to complete the process of transformation of the prosecutor’s office and meet the society’s demand for justice, including with regard to war crimes. She also added that the United States will continue to provide expert support and assistance in investigating the horrific crimes committed by Russian military personnel.
Kostin noted that one of the important initiatives is the adoption of a comprehensive criminal justice strategy. The Prosecutor General also shared his vision of the digitalization of the prosecutor’s office: “The introduction of an electronic system of criminal proceedings will help simplify, speed up and systematize the work of law enforcement agencies, in particular with regard to war crimes.”
The parties agreed to continue close cooperation to build a strong, independent, open prosecutor’s office as an institution whose role is key in coordinating the criminal justice system.
As Ukrinform reported, on August 1, Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin held a meeting with the ambassadors of the G7 countries and the EU Delegation to Ukraine, during which they discussed the work of the prosecution authorities under martial law, deepening cooperation and strengthening international expert assistance.