Ukraine takes 'terrorism' case against Russian Federation to worldwide court

Kyiv has taken Moscow to the International Court of Justice over the conflict in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

In the request for indication of provisional measures Ukraine asks the ICJ to oblige the Russian Federation to stop to violate the global law.

The ministry reminded that during a meeting in June 2016 ombudsmen of Ukraine and Russian Federation agreed to move 18 prisoners from detention facilities of Crimea to mainland Ukraine to further serve their sentences. Live UNwebcast CIJ_ICJ (CIJ_ICJ) 3 mars 2017 "Today I stand before the World Court to request protection of the basic human rights of Ukrainian people", Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal said on the first of four days of hearings.

Ukraine lodged its case against its former Soviet master at the ICJ in mid-January, saying it had protested for several years against Moscow's alleged financing of separatist rebels battling Ukrainian government forces. In particular, Ukraine appeals to the Court with the motion to oblige the Russian Federation to ensure effective control over Ukraine-Russia border, to stop supplying weapons to Ukraine, to stop supporting illegal armed groups which inflict damage to the civilian population of Ukraine, as well as to refrain from any further acts of ethnic discrimination in the occupied Crimea. "It was the legitimate will of the Crimean people".

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Russia, which publicly denies sending troops or military equipment to eastern Ukraine, is widely expected to challenge the jurisdiction of the court.

While its decision is final and binding, the ICJ has no way to ensure its decision is enforced, especially given Russia's veto in the Security Council.

  • Sonia Alvarado