The French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna has announced that they are to send the French National Gendarmerie who are a military force to the Kharkiv region in Ukraine.
The French National Gendarmerie are a branch of the French Armed Forces who are placed under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior, with additional duties from the Ministry of Armed Forces.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andriy Kostin said it is important to have the french experts in Ukraine who will document the horrific war crimes committed by the Russians in the territories of Kharkiv region which are now liberated.
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The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) said on the Telegram channel that they welcome the French Foreign Minister and her expert team from the French National Gendarmerie.
Kostin said, “We highly appreciate the assistance of French experts, who arrived in Ukraine as soon as possible in order to document war crimes in Kharkiv region.
“This assistance is very necessary for the proper registration, preservation of evidence and further bringing to justice of everyone who committed them.”
The PGO said the group of French criminologists, ballistics, genetics and forensic experts are heading for Kharkiv region for joint work with their Ukrainian colleagues.
The PGO added, “Catherine Colonna assured that she fully shares the position of the President of France and believes that peace is impossible without fair justice and punishment for the committed crimes.
“The minister emphasized that the French experts are ready to continue cooperation in order to bring the joint work on the investigation into criminal cases to the end.”
They also both discussed the possibility of creating a special international tribunal, the PGO said.
The prosecutor general said, “The crimes of aggression must not be left unpunished. Bringing the Russian top leadership to justice will help to prevent similar crimes in the future.
“This is my own position, as well as the position of the Ukrainian government and all Ukrainian people.”