UK prosecutor to help Ukraine track down billions stolen by Yanukovych government

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LONDON (AP) — Britain has agreed to send a prosecutor to Ukraine to help local authorities track down the billions of dollars believed to have been stolen by the government of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve made the announcement at the end of a two-day forum in London aimed at helping find and recover the assets. The event, co-hosted by Britain and the U.S, was attended by anti-corruption experts from 30 countries.

Ukrainian general prosecutor Oleh Makhnitskyi said Yanukovych's government systematically misappropriated public funds worth potentially tens of billions of dollars for personal use.

He added that while Ukraine has received cooperation from several countries where stolen assets are believed to be stored, much of the money is likely to be in Russia, making recovery more difficult.

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