Russia has denied Ukrainian accusations that it backed pro-Russian separatists in japanese Ukraine in 2014 and discriminates towards ethnic Tatars and Ukrainians in Crimea, accusing Kyiv as a substitute of “blatant lies” on the UN’s prime court docket.
Ukraine has requested the Hague-based Worldwide Courtroom of Justice (ICJ) to order Russia to halt alleged discrimination towards the Tatar ethnic group in Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula occupied by Russia since 2014.
“Ukraine is consistently turning to blatant lies and false accusations levelled towards the Russian federation,” the Russian ambassador to the Netherlands, Alexander Shulgin, stated on the second day of hearings on the ICJ.
“Nothing may very well be additional faraway from the reality.”
In the identical case, a panel of 16 judges on the ICJ this week started listening to Ukraine’s assertion that Moscow violated a UN anti-terrorism treaty by equipping and funding pro-Russian forces, together with militias who shot down Malaysian Airways Flight MH17, killing all 298 passengers and crew in 2014.
Final November, a Dutch court docket convicted two Russians and a Ukrainian separatist in absentia for his or her position and sentenced them to life in jail. It discovered that Russia had “total management” over the separatist forces.
Russia rejected what it known as the “scandalous” resolution by the Dutch court docket.
On Thursday Russia’s ambassador-at-large Gennady Kuzmin informed the ICJ the Dutch judgment was biased towards separatist forces within the Donesk area.
“On the finish of the day, Ukraine’s MH17 case boils all the way down to nonsense,” Kuzmin stated.
The hearings within the case on the ICJ, which stems from 2017, marked the primary time legal professionals for Ukraine and Russia met on the ICJ since Moscow launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
On the primary day of the listening to Ukraine accused Russia of being a terrorist state who knowingly funded and geared up pro-Russian forces in japanese Ukraine and tried to erase the tradition of ethnic Tatars and Ukrainians in Crimea.
Russia denies systematic human rights abuses in Ukrainian territory that it occupies.
Ukraine could have an opportunity to answer to Russia’s case subsequent week. The Worldwide Courtroom of Justice is anticipated to rule on the entire of the case earlier than the tip of this 12 months.
The ICJ is the United Nations prime court docket for disputes between states and its rulings are binding however haven’t any enforcement mechanism.
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