ICC Sends Forensic Investigators to Ukraine as Quintet of Attorneys General Announce Support for Prosecutor General of Ukraine on War Crimes and First Trial of War Crimes Occurs

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Friday, May 20, 2022
Bruce Zagaris

During the third week of May, several developments on accountability for atrocities in the Russo-Ukraine war converged.  On May 17, 2022, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan QC announced he was sending a team of 42 investigators, forensic experts, and support personnel to Ukraine to continue the ICC investigations into crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC and furnish support to Ukrainian national authorities.  On May 18, during the first war crimes trial in Ukraine Russian Sgt. Vadim Shidhimarin pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed 62-year-old civilian in the Sumy region of Ukraine.  On May 19, 2022, a quintet of Attorneys General issued a statement of support for the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and investigations and prosecutions for Russian war crimes.