Thank you for the question.
Of course, they are investigating 110,000 war crimes. This is the figure we have fixed on at the moment. We all understand that the real number is much higher, because we have no access to the temporary occupied territories. Coming back to investigate such a great number of war crimes means that we need to organize our work in a proper manner.
For that, we have created a special unit, which is the war crimes department, at the central level. We have trained all of our prosecutors and investigators from two investigative authorities, which are the National Police and the state Security Service. We also created specializations in specific war crimes, so we have a conflict-related sexual violence unit, a special unit that investigates war crimes against children, a special unit that investigates war crimes against the environment and a special unit that investigates cyber-attacks that are committed by Russia as war crimes, which is quite unique in the investigation and prosecution of such crimes. I also created special units of war crime prosecutors in nine regions that are close to the front line or were affected by the temporary occupation. We have passed through the substantial training of all prosecutors and investigators in these regions.
We also created strategic documents. The most important is the strategy for the investigation and prosecution of international crimes for 2023 to 2025, which gives us an opportunity to legally and structurally categorize the war crimes that we are investigating and prosecuting and to prioritize them, because it is impossible to do everything at one moment. Now we have a specific document that is a signal to all prosecutors and investigators for how we prioritize cases. Of course, cases where civilians were killed, wounded, raped, ill-treated, humiliated or illegally detained and, of course, all cases where children are affected as victims and survivors are our priority.
In order to mitigate the issues of the workload, we also transfer some cases from one region to another region in Ukraine because it has more possibilities.
In addition to working with all war crimes and in addition to these special units, we also have two groups of prosecutors who investigate the crimes of aggression—the leadership crimes, which preceded the commission of all other war crimes—and crimes of genocide. This is more our mapping on the national level.
The other layer of our web of accountability, as we call it, is our work with the international judicial mechanisms. First and foremost, it's our co-operation with the ICC and the team of Karim Khan. You know, the ICC has launched—not only opened but really launched—its field office in Kyiv. It's the biggest field office outside of The Hague in the history of the ICC. It's about the sustainability of our co-operation with the ICC.
Our prosecutors are working on a daily basis with the ICC. We've created task forces. We also have priorities in our investigations. I cannot give you details for the sake of the independence of the investigations. However, our work is very structured with the ICC.
We also work with all existing international mechanisms, like the UN inquiry commission, the OSCE fact-finding missions and all other UN mechanisms on preventing torture and combatting sexual violence. We have great support. The biggest issue is our full transparency. We are ready to co-operate. We are ready to share all evidence and information. This is a very strong position of our government: to be open to sharing all existing information.
The third layer is our co-operation with our international partners. There are more than 20 countries that opened national investigations with regard to war crimes committed in Ukraine, including Canada. We have created a joint investigation team with countries that are close to Ukraine and that are where a lot of refugees are located. These refugees can deliver evidence statements, video footage and other evidence of the war crimes that they have been victims or witnesses of. Our joint investigation team comprises Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia and Romania. It simplifies the exchange of evidence.
We also, as I mentioned, coordinate the efforts of independent investigations of other countries. On that, for the level of the Eurojust in The Hague, we have created a specific, unique instrument that has been fully operational since November. It's called CICED, the core international crimes evidence database.
Why we did it, together with the help of the Euro commission, was because millions of Ukrainians are located in different countries. They can approach police and prosecutors in these countries and give statements and give evidence. In order for this evidence not to be lost as one piece of a big case, we created a database where national investigative authorities of other countries can include information about this evidence. We have an agreement among all of us that we will exchange this evidence in a very speedy manner.
We are expecting the first indictments of Russian perpetrators by other jurisdictions. This will be a very important signal to Russia that there will be no safe havens, because national investigations are ongoing and we're sharing information from our side with the other national investigation authorities.
I'm ready also to transfer cases from Ukraine where, for instance, nationals of the other countries were affected by the aggressive war of Russia. To transfer cases it will help us of course. It will reduce our workload a little bit, but once again it will be a very important signal that the world is standing with us to pursue justice for all victims and survivors of this war. Of course, the last element of our accountability web is the creation of a special tribunal for the crime of aggression.
We are grateful to Canada for both supporting the core group of countries that are now preparing the legal modalities of such a tribunal, as well as supporting the ICC, which is very important. I always say, if you're helping the ICC, you're helping Ukraine.