Today, March 6, the International Court of Justice in the Hague will consider the arguments of Ukraine about the Russian aggression, according to the official web-site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“On 6 March in the Hague, the Netherlands, in the framework of Ukraine's claim against the Russian Federation, the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) will hear Ukraine’s request for provisional measures.
On 16 January 2017, Ukraine filed a case in the ICJ to hold the Russian Federation accountable for its support for terrorism in the east of Ukraine and acts of discrimination of ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea.
Provisional measures will allow the Court to prevent the situation from deteriorating and, more importantly, to protect civilians, during the time necessary for consideration of the case.”
It is stated that Ukraine’s request for provisional measures asks the Court to order the Russian Federation to stop violating the international law. Specifically, Ukraine will ask the Court to order that Russia ensures effective control over its border, stops the flow of weapons from Russia to Ukraine, suspends its support for illegal armed groups that attack civilians in Ukraine.
Regarding the situation in the occupied Crimea the following demands to the aggressor-country are made:
- Russia must refrain from any acts of racial discrimination against persons, groups of persons or institutions on the territory under its effective control, including the Crimean peninsula;
- Russia must cease and desist from acts of repression on political and cultural grounds, against the Crimean Tatar people, in particular, to reverse the decision to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and refuse to comply with this decision and any similar activities;
- Russia should take all necessary measures to stop the disappearance of persons from among the Crimean Tatars and promptly investigate disappearances that have already taken place;
- Russia must cease and desist from acts of repression on political and cultural grounds against ethnic Ukrainians in Crimea, including lift of restrictions on obtaining education in the Ukrainian language, respect the Ukrainian language and the rights to education.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that proceedings on the merits of the case will continue however the Court resolves a provisional measures request.
Earlier, January 16, 2017 Ukraine submitted an appeal to the International Court of Justice to hold the Russian Federation accountable for violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The materials of the case include a tragedy of Malaysian Boeing, shelling of residential areas of Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Volnovakha, attacks in Kharkov and other Ukrainian cities. Separately requests were submitted concerning the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians rights violations in the occupied Crimea.
It is worth noting that the lawsuit contained claims to ban Russia from committing aggressive acts that may aggravate the situation and to stop the financing of terrorist organizations before the final court ruling.