THE HAGUE: Ukraine on Wednesday (Sep 27) urged judges on the United Nations’ highest court docket to dismiss Russia’s objections and listen to in full Kyiv’s declare that Moscow abused worldwide regulation by saying the 2022 invasion was achieved to cease an alleged genocide.
“Your jurisdiction to resolve the dispute is evident. Your judgment stays urgently wanted,” Ukraine’s consultant Oksana Zolotaryova mentioned.
She mentioned Ukraine wanted the court docket’s safety as a result of Russia was not respecting worldwide regulation as specified by the 1948 Genocide Conference.
Final week Russia urged the ICJ, also referred to as the World Courtroom, to throw out the case, saying Kyiv’s authorized arguments have been flawed.
Ukraine introduced the case earlier than the ICJ days after the Russian invasion on Feb. 24 final 12 months.
Kyiv argues Russia is abusing worldwide regulation by saying the invasion was justified to cease an alleged genocide in japanese Ukraine.
Ukraine says there was no danger of genocide in japanese Ukraine, the place it had been combating Russian-backed forces since 2014.
“Right here in The Hague Russia paints itself as a sufferer. In Ukraine, Russia has continued to indicate its true colors,” Zolotaryova mentioned, itemizing alleged Russian assaults on civil infrastructure and grain provides.
Russia has thus far ignored a preliminary ruling by the ICJ in March final 12 months which ordered Moscow to cease its navy actions and the court docket has no manner of implementing its selections. Consultants say a full ruling in favour of Ukraine can pave the way in which for compensation funds.
The court docket adjourned on Wednesday to deliberate and is anticipated to rule in a number of months if the case could be heard on the deserves.
Instances earlier than the ICJ normally take a number of years earlier than there’s a ultimate ruling.