Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova, the Head of the National Police of Ukraine Ihor Klymenko and the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Ivan Bakanov signed a resolution on the establishment of specialized units to investigate crimes committed in the conditions of armed conflict. This was reported by the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office.
"Such structural units will be established in central offices of the SBU and the National Police of Ukraine, and in their regional and territorial bodies in Donetsk and Luhansk regions," the statement said.
The press service explains that these units will work directly with the relevant prosecutor's office. According to the agreement of the heads of these agencies, the new structural units will start working by the end of the summer, at the same time the investigators will be handed over the materials of the proceedings on the crimes committed in the conditions of the armed conflict.
According to the Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova, such novelty will render investigations more effective. "At the moment, only a quarter of criminal proceedings for crimes committed in armed conflict have been sent to court," she explained.
Ukraine is currently investigating more than 19,000 crimes committed during the armed conflict. In total, over 30,000 of them have been registered since 2014. Over the past six years, more than 6,500 investigations have been completed and criminal proceedings have been sent to court.