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The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), set up in March by Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine with the support of Eurojust, aims to facilitate investigations and prosecutions in the States concerned as well as those which could be brought before the ICC, the agency said in a statement.

ICC Prosecutor Mr. Karim Khan and the Attorneys General of the three countries concerned today signed an agreement on the first-ever participation of the Prosecutor’s Office in a JITannounced Eurojust.

This agreement will allow rapid and real-time coordination and cooperation with partner countries (of the joint investigation team), in the framework of the investigations carried out by the prosecutor’s office and the competent national authoritiesthe agency said.

This agreement allows the parties to send a clear message that every effort will be made to effectively gather evidence on core international crimes committed in Ukraine and bring those responsible to justicesaid Eurojust.

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The prosecutor of the Court, created in 2002 to try the worst crimes committed around the world, opened an investigation into the situation in Ukraine on March 3, after receiving the green light from nearly 40 ICC states parties.

Britain’s Karim Khan earlier this month visited the town of Boutcha, near kyiv, where hundreds of civilians were found dead after the Russian occupation, according to Ukrainian authorities. During this visit, he declared that Ukraine is a “crime scene”.

As of 2018, Ukraine is one of 10 non-EU states that has a Liaison Prosecutor at Eurojust.

The European Commission also proposed on Monday to strengthen the mandate of Eurojust to allow it to keep evidence of war crimes in Ukraine and to share it with the ICC in particular.

Brussels offers establish a central storage system in which evidence gathered by EU agencies and bodies, as well as national and international authorities or third parties such as civil society organizations could be stored.

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In addition to the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office and the ICC, 11 EU member states – including Lithuania and Poland – have opened an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine, which Moscow denies.

The current number of war crimes and crimes against humanity recorded in Ukraine is over 6,000, and other member states are considering joining the joint investigation team, according to the Commission.

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