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There have been no successful major prosecutions over the last 30 years in Ukraine, with the office of Ukraine’s prosecutor general dogged by accusations of corruption and inefficiency since the country declared independence. Now Iryna Venediktova, appointed to the role in 2019, is attempting to gather evidence of Russian war crimes.
More from Guardian correspondent Isobel Koshiw in Borodianka:
Surrounded by a scrum of reporters with a backdrop of bombed-out apartment buildings and rubble in Borodianka, a town in the Kyiv region, stood Iryna Venediktova, Ukraine’s prosecutor general.
Venediktova is carrying the weight of bringing almost 2,000 cases of war crimes committed by Russia’s occupying forces to court at home and abroad. Her office is the only body in Ukraine with the power to investigate. It is through her office that information relating to war crimes is being collected, investigations will be conducted and domestic and international cases will be built.
Sanctions are designed to make it difficult for Russia to make sovereign debt payments to foreign investors
Russia’s finance minister has said the Kremlin will take legal action if the west tries to force it to default on its sovereign debt as part of sanctions placed on the country after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
In comments hitting back against US, UK and EU-led sanctions, Anton Siluanov told the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper that Russia had taken “all the necessary steps” to pay its international creditors.
Karl Nehammer becomes first western leader to hold face-to-face talks with Russian president since invasion of Ukraine
Austria’s chancellor, Karl Nehammer, has said he told Vladimir Putin that “all those responsible” for war crimes must be brought to justice and warned that western sanctions would intensify as long as people kept dying in Ukraine.
After becoming the first western leader to hold face-to-face talks with the Russian president since the invasion of Ukraine, Nehammer said his trip to Moscow was not “a visit of friendship” and that the two had had a “direct, open and hard” conversation.
Marina Ovsyannikova staged an anti-war protest on a live broadcast of Russian state TV last month.