Ukraine Sues Russia Over Genocide Claim In UN’s Highest Court

Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against
Russia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) demanding immediate
action against Russia and has invoked the convention against genocide.

Ukraine said Russia had “falsely claimed” that genocide was being
committed in the breakaway republics of Luhansk and Donetsk in order
to justify an invasion.

Russia “emphatically” denies the allegations, the indictment states.

The court is now expected to declare in emergency proceedings that
“Russia has no legal basis” for its military action in and against

A date for a hearing has not yet been set.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi had earlier announced the
lawsuit via Twitter.

In the indictment, Ukraine also accuses Russia of “planning acts of
genocide in Ukraine” and “intentionally killing or seriously injuring
people of Ukrainian nationality.

“The court is expected to order immediate measures to prevent the
violation of the rights of Ukraine and its citizens.’’

Court proceedings before the International Court of Justice are usually lengthy.

However, in the case of an urgent application, a hearing can be
scheduled within a few weeks.

A case against Russia was already underway before the UN court.

Ukraine had accused the country of occupying the Crimean Peninsula, as
well as funding pro-Russian separatists in its eastern region of
Donbass and supplying them with weapons.

The function of the International Court of Justice is to settle
conflicts between states peacefully, and its judgements are binding.

However, the court has no means of forcing a losing state to implement
its ruling, though it can appeal to the UN Security Council if its
ruling was ignored. (dpa/NAN) ( )

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