The EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine (EUAM) returns to Kyiv today, after being forced to evacuate on February 24 due to the Russian invasion.
Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: “I am pleased to announce the redeployment of the European Union Advisory Mission in Ukraine. In addition to its other tasks, the mission will now support the essential work of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of any international crimes committed in the context of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine. . Those responsible for atrocities and war crimes, as well as their accomplices, will be held accountable in accordance with international law.
A core team of 15 EUAM staff members is being redeployed to pursue contacts more directly with the Ukrainian authorities and support them in particular in the investigation and prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Mission plans to gradually increase its international presence in Ukraine throughout the summer, depending on the evolution of the security situation in the country. Currently, the Mission’s temporary headquarters is located in Rszezow, in southern Poland.
In the context of Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, the Mission has developed new streams of work in support of the Ukrainian authorities, in addition to its advisory activities under the original mandate. This includes deploying teams to the Ukrainian side of border crossing points with Poland, Slovakia and Romania to facilitate the movement of people and goods across the border. This also includes supporting the Ukrainian authorities, in particular the Prosecutor General and law enforcement agencies, in the investigation and prosecution of international crimes. The Mission also donates emergency equipment to help its partners.
Background: The EU Advisory Mission supports Ukraine’s civil security sector through strategic advice, training and equipment donations to help law enforcement operate in accordance with European standards and principles. This will help them become more efficient, more effective and gain public trust. For more information on the EU Advisory Mission, its 350 staff members and its advisory activities, please consult the home page.
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