Hearings in Ukraine's case against Russia started at the UN court in The Hague: what is known
On June 6, the International Court of Justice in The Hague began the first hearings in the case of Russia's violation of international conventions, which led to a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and a number of war crimes against civilians. The hearings will last for several days: On 6 and 12 June, Ukraine's legal team will speak, and on 8 and 14 June, the Russian Federation's will speak.
This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the hearings, the parties will concentrate on presenting their position, which was set out during a lengthy exchange of written documents that began in June 2018.
"In the summer of 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine officially notified Russia of violations of both conventions. During 2014-2016, 8 rounds of bilateral negotiations were held, and about 80 diplomatic notes were sent on the facts of violations and their qualification under the conventions. As a result of these efforts, Ukraine concluded that it was impossible to resolve the dispute through negotiations," the statement said.
In its claim, Ukraine states that:
1. The Russian Federation violates the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, and its officials and individuals supply weapons, provide funding, train and provide other forms of assistance to armed groups, including the so-called DPR and LPR and other related groups and individuals operating in Ukraine.
2. The Russian Federation has been violating the requirements of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and has been committing discriminatory acts against the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian ethnic population in Crimea since February 2014 in order to consolidate Russian dominance on the peninsula through the destruction of competing cultures.
As a reminder, Putin stopped travelling abroad after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL reported that President Zelensky said that there would be no hybrid tribunal for Kremlin dictator Putin. Ukraine will work to create a separate international tribunal.
"Despite the work that is being done with our partners, we will still work to create a separate special international tribunal for Russia, because we must condemn the crime of aggression," the head of state said.