US declares $457.5 million in civilian assistance for Ukraine: According to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the United States will provide Ukraine additional civilian security assistance worth $457.5 million, some of which would assist the government’s probe into crimes.
According to a statement from Blinken, the assistance intended to support Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice organizations.
Using our long-standing relationship with Ukrainian criminal justice agencies, a portion of this new assistance will also maintain U.S. support for the Ukrainian government’s initiatives to document, look into, and prosecute atrocities committed by Russian forces, according to the top American diplomat.
The assistance was revealed a few days after a panel appointed by the UN concluded that Russia had perpetrated war crimes in the Ukrainian regions it had seized, including rape, torture, executions, and child detention.
According to Erik Mose, the chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Ukraine, “a substantial number” of war crimes had perpetrated by Russia. In contrast, just two cases involving the mistreatment of Russian soldiers had committed by Ukraine.
Since the invasion on February 24, Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russian forces of a long list of wrongdoings. Still, Moscow has routinely rejected the accusations as a disinformation campaign.
Since mid-December, the United States has provided Ukrainian law enforcement and its allies with more than $645 million in help, according to Blinken.
The number of injuries among Ukrainian people and those defending them has decreased because of the US’s personal protection equipment, medical aid, and armored vehicles.