On 18 May, the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM) announced its return to Kyiv.
The Mission had been forced to evacuate from Kyiv, as well as from all field offices in Ukraine, due to the full-scale Russian invasion on 24 February.
“While EUAM continued implementing its mandate, as much as it could from its temporary headquarters outside of Ukraine, the plan has always been to come back to Ukraine and its capital, Kyiv, as soon as security conditions would allow, to be readily available to provide hands-on support and advice for the Mission’s counterparts on the ground,” says EUAM.
The first group of EUAM advisers, international and Ukrainian alike, will perform needs assessment together with the Mission’s key interlocutors. If security conditions remain favourable, EUAM will gradually increase its presence in Ukraine over the summer.
As EUAM’s tasks have been extended to include advising on the investigation and prosecution of international and war crimes, the first core team sent to Kyiv will include, among others, criminal investigation advisors who will work in close cooperation with the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office (GPO).
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