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Garland supports effort to hold Russia accountable for war crimes

Attorney General Merrick Garland attends the United for Justice International Conference in Lviv, Ukraine on Friday.
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Attorney General Merrick Garland attends the United for Justice International Conference in Lviv, Ukraine on Friday.

Attorney General Merrick Garland is throwing his support behind an effort to hold Russia accountable for war crimes. NPR's Carrie Johnson traveled with Garland to Ukraine for a conference focused on justice and human rights.

Garland says the U.S. has already zeroed in on several suspects who have committed war crimes in Ukraine. The attorney general met with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other foreign leaders. Garland signed an agreement to share information with those international partners.

The Department of Justice already has forensic experts on the ground in Ukraine. Garland says he'll appoint a legal adviser to serve in the country soon, too.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks at the United for Justice International Conference.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks at the United for Justice International Conference.

Corrected: March 3, 2023 at 11:00 PM CST
An earlier version of this story misspelled Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Ukranian President Vloydomyr Zelinsky.
Carrie Johnson is a justice correspondent for the Washington Desk.