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PRESS RELEASE : President appointed Andriy Kostin Prosecutor General: The most important task of the prosecutor’s office is to hold all Russian war criminals to account

The press release issued by the President of Ukraine on 28 July 2022.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree on the appointment of Andriy Kostin to the post of the Prosecutor General and introduced him to the body’s management.

In the presence of the Head of State, the new Prosecutor General signed the order on the appointment of his deputy – Head of the Specialized Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office Oleksandr Klymenko.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the start of the new Prosecutor General’s work on the Day of Ukrainian Statehood, which is celebrated for the first time today, symbolic.

The President expressed belief that Andriy Kostin, as a professional lawyer and an expert who is attentive to details, will ensure the systematic work of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

“I believe that Andriy Yevhenovych can prove himself in all the functions of the Prosecutor General. The most important thing is to ensure systematic work so that there is a result, because we are evaluated based on the results,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

Handing Andriy Kostin the Prosecutor General’s certificate, the President noted: “The Ukrainian people have experienced and seen a lot of injustice over the years – both now and in previous generations. But right now it is necessary to ensure the vital thing for society – justice.”

The Head of State named the restoration of justice, defense of Ukraine’s interests, its sovereignty and territorial integrity as the main tasks for today.

“Therefore, I believe that the most important task of the prosecutor’s office is to bring to justice all Russian war criminals who came to our land and did everything that, unfortunately, we and our children know in detail,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

Andriy Kostin, for his part, emphasized that no crime committed by the aggressor country will go unpunished.

“I count on the support of the entire prosecutor’s office community in fulfilling the priority tasks set by you, Mr. President. We will ensure the inevitability of punishment both in national courts and at the international level for everyone who committed a war crime on our native land,” he said.

The new Prosecutor General announced that his first decision in office is the appointment of the independent Head of the Specialized Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office Oleksandr Klymenko who has passed the competitive selection.