On 22 September 2022, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba took part in the joint ministerial event “Cooperation for Accountability in Ukraine: Setting the Next Steps for Collective Action to Deliver Justice” held in New York during the high-level segment of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
The event was held by the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany and was dedicated to bringing Russia and its citizens, in particular the political and military leadership, to justice for the crimes committed in Ukraine. As a result of the event, a joint statement of these countries was adopted.
The head of the Ukrainian diplomacy and partners coordinated steps to investigate and identify the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity committed by the Russian leadership and the Russian military in Ukraine.
Dmytro Kuleba emphasized that bringing the military and the leadership of Russia to international legal responsibility should not be limited to a trial at the International Criminal Court.
The Foreign Minister stressed the need to create a comprehensive compensation mechanism for the damage caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. In this regard, he informed about the draft resolution of the UN General Assembly being prepared by the Ukrainian side, which is scheduled for consideration in October.
As part of the panel discussion, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andriy Kostin and Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine Iryna Mudra also spoke on behalf of Ukraine.
The event was also attended by the Foreign Ministers of Albania, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflicts Pramila Patten and human rights activist Amal Clooney as a moderator.