Ukraine Deploys German Heavy Artillery as US Official Arrives to Discuss War Crimes Prosecution

Ukraine said on Tuesday it had “finally” fielded an advanced German artillery system, in the latest installment of the long-range precision weapons it has been asking for.

“Panzerhaubitze 2000s are finally part of the 155mm howitzer arsenal of the Ukrainian artillery,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov wrote on social media, thanking his German counterpart Christine Lambrecht.

Meanwhile, US Attorney General Merrick Garland visited Ukraine on Tuesday to discuss the prosecution of people involved in war crimes in the European nation invaded by Russia in late February, a Justice Department official said.

Garland will meet with Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova near the Polish-Ukrainian border, the official said.

They will discuss US and international efforts to help Ukraine “identify, arrest and prosecute individuals involved in war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine,” the official said.

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Garland stops in Ukraine on his way to the US-EU ministerial meeting in Paris.

Almost four months after Russia invaded Ukraine, Kyiv says it has identified thousands of suspected cases of war crimes.

The most notorious have been the reports of the senseless killing of dozens of civilians in Bucha, on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital.

The US State Department announced the creation of a new unit in May to investigate, document and publicize Russia’s alleged war crimes in Ukraine.

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