Copenhagen, 20 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Denmark Jeppe Kofod will host an event and meet with the Foreign Minister of Netherland Wopke Hoekstra, the Foreign Minister of Germany Annalena Baerbock, and the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on Thursday.
They will discuss the prosecution of the international crimes committed in Ukraine after Russia’s intervention.
Torsdag er udenrigsministre @JeppeKofod 🇩🇰, @WBHoekstra 🇳🇱, @ABaerbock 🇩🇪 og @DmytroKuleba 🇺🇦 værter for et event om retsforfølgelse af de internationale forbrydelser, der begås i Ukraine efter det russiske angreb på landet.
— Denmark MFA 🇩🇰 (@DanishMFA) September 20, 2022
The Foreign Ministers will meet after the liberation of the Ukrainian city of Izyum and the uncovering of mass graves following the Russian assault.
The head prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the chief prosecutor of Ukraine are also participating in the event. Both will ensure that justice should be done in Ukraine.
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Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said that “The terrible images we see these days bring back memories of when I myself stood in Butja a few weeks ago and saw the terrible destruction caused by the Russian war machine. It is crucial for me that we can gather the right people in the same room and create real progress in the prosecution.”
The meeting on Thursday will continue to put a strong political emphasis on accountability. The meeting will also emphasize the practical collaboration between important players including the ICC, the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office, and Eurojust.
Jeppe Kofod stated, “It is not about airy political wishes for justice, but about the concrete work that is taking place on the ground in Ukraine right now. Evidence must be gathered, witnesses must be spoken to and documentation found so that we can actually bring those responsible before a judge.”
Moreover, the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office states that 33,135 cases of international crimes have been reported and are being investigated by Ukrainian authorities since the start of the conflict.
Furthermore, Denmark has formally requested that the ICC should investigate the events in Ukraine together with several other nations. Along with other things, Denmark has provided financial assistance to the ICC and Danish expertise that has been deputed to the court.