Ukraine conflict: Russian Federation accused of terrorism and discrimination at ICJ

ICJ hearings in #Ukraine v. #Russia Case open on Monday 6 March at 10 am (The Hague)

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

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.

Kiev has accused Russian Federation of providing "financial, armed, and human" support to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Moscow continues to deny supplying separatists in Ukraine's east with any military equipment or weaponry, although there is now overwhelming evidence that these denials are false.

"During the meeting the Ombudsmen focused on the issue of implementation of the previous agreements of the parties, in particular, the movement of the Ukrainian citizens, who are serving their sentences in the territory of Crimea, to other institutions for further punishment in the territory of the mainland of Ukraine", the press-service of the Ukrainian Ombudsman said on Monday.

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A senior Russian official told TASS the Russian delegation will consist of 35 people.

"This case will send a message about whether the global legal order can stand up to powerful countries that disregard law and disrespect human rights", Kyiv's Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal told the 16-judge world court panel. Ukraine alleges that Russian Federation has supported pro-Russia separatist fighters in Ukraine, leading to the "shooting down of flight MH17, with 298 innocent civilians on board", bombing residential areas and peaceful political rallies, and other acts of terrorism.

On March 6-9, the first round of hearings, mostly consisting of procedural matters, is to run.

They include an order to halt financing to rebels in eastern Ukraine and to stop discriminating against non-Russians in Crimea.

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