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WASHINGTON — Lawyer Basic Merrick B. Garland mentioned throughout a shock journey to Ukraine on Tuesday {that a} veteran prosecutor identified for investigating former Nazis would lead American efforts in monitoring Russian struggle criminals.

Mr. Garland’s go to, a part of scheduled stops in Poland and Paris this week, was meant to bolster U.S. and worldwide assist in serving to Ukraine determine, apprehend and prosecute Russians concerned in struggle crimes and different atrocities.

His abroad journey comes at a very tense second in his tenure on the Justice Division, on a day of dramatic congressional testimony concerning the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol that prompted many Democrats to resume their name for him to prosecute former President Donald J. Trump and his allies.

Mr. Garland met for an hour with Ukraine’s prosecutor common, Iryna Venediktova, within the village of Krakovets, a few mile from the border with Poland, to debate the technical, forensic and authorized assist that america might present, division officers mentioned.

“The USA is sending an unmistakable message” to those that have dedicated atrocities, Mr. Garland mentioned: “There is no such thing as a place to cover.”

“We’ll pursue each avenue out there to ensure that those that are chargeable for these atrocities are held accountable,” he added.

After the assembly, Mr. Garland mentioned he was tapping Eli Rosenbaum, the previous director of the Justice Division’s Workplace of Particular Investigations, to create a struggle crimes accountability group that may work with Ukraine and worldwide regulation enforcement teams.

Mr. Rosenbaum, 67, is greatest identified for his work for the World Jewish Congress within the Eighties investigating the hidden historical past of Kurt Waldheim, a former United Nations secretary common whose military unit was implicated in struggle crimes towards Jews and Yugoslavian partisans throughout World Battle II.

His work, throughout a 36-year profession within the division, and in stints outdoors authorities, earned him the nickname “Nazi hunter” from historians, a sobriquet he dislikes.

Within the division’s legal division, Mr. Rosenbaum has additionally been instrumental within the prosecution and deportation of Nazis dwelling in america and Jews who dedicated atrocities towards their very own folks in focus camps. Lately, his portfolio has taken on a broader mission, as former Nazis die off, and now features a wider array of human rights circumstances, at house and overseas.

The brand new group will embody Justice Division employees members and outdoors consultants. Along with providing help to Ukrainian officers, the division mentioned in an announcement that Mr. Rosenbaum would examine “potential struggle crimes over which the U.S. possesses jurisdiction, such because the killing and wounding of U.S. journalists overlaying the unprovoked Russian aggression in Ukraine.”

This line of labor is, in a way, a part of Mr. Rosenbaum’s household enterprise. His father, Irving, escaped Dresden in 1938, the yr of the Kristallnacht assaults towards Germany’s Jewish inhabitants, joined the U.S. Military, ultimately served in an intelligence unit that interrogated German troopers — and picked up info on the Dachau focus camp.

Mr. Rosenbaum was set to retire earlier than Mr. Garland requested him a few week in the past to steer the brand new unit. He agreed instantly, based on a senior Justice Division official with information of the alternate.

The division can also be assigning extra personnel to develop its work with Ukraine and different companions to counter Russian use of illicit monetary strategies to evade worldwide sanctions — detailing a Justice Division professional to advise Ukraine on combating kleptocracy, corruption and cash laundering, officers mentioned.

“We’ll pursue each avenue out there to ensure that those that are chargeable for these atrocities are held accountable,” added Mr. Garland, whose family immigrated to america after fleeing antisemitic pogroms in Japanese Europe within the early 1900s.

After stopping in Poland, Mr. Garland flew on to Paris, the place he was scheduled to affix the homeland safety secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, in a collection of bilateral conferences with European counterparts to debate efforts to fight terrorism and perform a method of holding Russia accountable for its brutal invasion of Ukraine.

Mr. Garland and Ms. Venediktova final met in Could in Washington.

In April, Mr. Garland and the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, mentioned they’d work with investigators and prosecutors in Ukraine, a sign that the Biden administration meant to observe by means of on its public condemnation of atrocities dedicated by Russian forces which were documented throughout the struggle.

His group has additionally been working with the State Division to offer logistical assist and recommendation to Ms. Venediktova and the leaders of different ministries in Ukraine.

“We’ve seen and have decided that a lot of struggle crimes have been dedicated by Russia’s forces,” Beth Van Schaack, the State Division’s ambassador at massive for international legal justice, mentioned at a briefing in Washington final week.

“What we’re seeing just isn’t the outcomes of a rogue unit,” she added, “however somewhat a sample and follow throughout all of the areas wherein Russia’s forces are engaged.”