Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Fears of ‘large-scale offensive’ in Luhansk as Russia advances

Attorney General Merrick Garland visited Ukraine June 21 to discuss efforts to arrest and prosecute those involved in war crimes during Russia’s invasion. (Video: Reuters)

Updated June 21, 2022 at 1: 10 p.m. EDT|Published

June 21, 2022 at 3: 15 a.m. EDT

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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland met with Ukraine’s top prosecutor Tuesday during an unannounced trip to Kyiv. Garland, announcing the launch of a U.S. “war crimes accountability team,” pledged to “pursue every avenue of accountability for those who commit war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine.”

In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Americans captured in Ukraine would not be covered by the Geneva Conventions’ protections for prisoners of war. He also said Tuesday that Russia “can’t rule out” that two American captives would face death sentences.

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