September 29, 2022

The International Court of Justice demanded that Russia stop the special operation in the Donbass

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The International Court of Justice in The Hague demanded that Russia stop the special operation in the Donbass. This was announced on March 16 by the chairman of the court.

Reading out the document on interim measures, Judge Joan Dohanyu announced that Russia should suspend the military operation, “the goals and objectives of which are declared to be the prevention and punishment of the alleged genocide in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine.”

The President of the Court also called on the conflicting parties to refrain from actions that could aggravate the conflict, and recalled that court decisions on interim measures are binding.

Recall that the first hearings on the appeal of the Ukrainian side with accusations against Russia were held by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on March 7-8. Kyiv insisted on discussing the adoption of interim measures.

Ukraine filed an application with the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) to initiate proceedings against Russia on February 27. According to representatives of the country, “the Russian Federation falsely claimed that acts of genocide took place in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine.” Ukraine “categorically denies” that there was a genocide in these areas. In a statement, the Ukrainian side also accused the Russian Federation of “planning acts of genocide.”

Earlier, on February 19, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that he was having a historic discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the concept of “genocide”. So, after negotiations with the German leader in the Kremlin on February 15, Putin compared what is happening in the Donbass with genocide. However, Scholz felt that the words of the Russian president should not be taken literally, as it would be “not very optimistic for the future.”

On February 24, the Russian military, on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR). As explained in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, all strikes are targeted at the military structure of the armed forces of Ukraine (AFU), nothing threatens the civilian population.

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