Minister Klimkin: Ukraine's lawsuit against Russia already at International Court of Justice

Minister Klimkin: Ukraine's lawsuit against Russia already at International Court of Justice

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Ukraine's lawsuit against the Russian Federation to hold it accountable for acts of terrorism and discrimination in the course of its unlawful aggression against Ukraine has been already registered at the International Court of Justice.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated this at a press briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“Our case in the International Court of Justice has been already registered. Our case has two important aspects - two international conventions for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Russia has violated a large number of provisions of international law,” Klimkin stressed.

According to a report on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine alleges that the Russian Federation is violating the Terrorism Financing Convention by supplying weapons and other forms of assistance to illegal armed groups operating on Ukrainian territory. These groups have committed acts of terrorism in Ukraine with weapons supplied by Russia, including the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, the bombardment of residential areas in Mariupol and Kramatorsk, the destruction of a civilian passenger bus near Volnovakha, and the deadly bombing of a peaceful gathering in Kharkiv.

In addition, Ukraine alleges that the Russian Federation is violating the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by engaging in a campaign of discrimination against non-Russian communities living in the occupied Crimean Peninsula, including, in particular, the ethnic Ukrainian and Tatar communities. Beginning with an illegal “referendum” carried out in an atmosphere of intimidation, Russian occupation authorities have implemented a policy of cultural erasure against these communities.

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