Data company Palantir to help Ukraine prosecute alleged Russian war crimes

KYIV – Ukraine plans to deploy software from US data analytics provider Palantir Technologies to help it prosecute alleged war crimes committed by Russia, the company told Reuters.

Palantir, which has supplied Ukraine with systems to help it target Russian tanks and support refugees, is now working with the prosecutor-general’s office to help investigators across Europe pool and process data, the company said.

Its software will combine intelligence and satellite imagery to build a map of evidence, for instance establishing the proximity of Russian equipment to crime scenes or aggregating photographs that Ukrainians have uploaded to social media and investigators see as relevant evidence, Palantir said.

Mr Andriy Kostin, Ukraine’s prosecutor-general, said in a statement provided by Palantir: “Analysing this amount of evidence would be virtually impossible without modern IT solutions.”

The data that Palantir’s software will process relates to allegations of unlawful killing, rape, torture and destruction among the more than 78,000 crimes reported in Ukraine since Russia invaded more than a year ago.

Moscow has denied attacking civilians or perpetrating war crimes.

Any successful war crimes prosecution will require Ukraine to navigate overlapping court jurisdictions and furnish evidence despite often restricted access to suspects or crime scenes.

Palantir said its technology would allow investigators to access otherwise ring-fenced data while guarding against evidence tampering.

The Denver-based company, which two decades ago got its start aiding US intelligence services, recently reported its first profitable quarter.

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