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 Ukraine collected tons of evidence against Russia to be submitted to ICJ, - Justice Minister Petrenko

Ukraine has got more than enough evidence against Russia in the case that is being heard by the International Court of Justice in The Hague these days.

This was stated by Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko, Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine TV channel.

The body of evidence mostly concerns Russia's non-compliance with the provisions of international conventions for terrorism financing suppression and racial discrimination elimination.

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"The Ministry of Justice has actually been collecting the evidence on a daily basis and is still involved in this activity. I mean that all the law enforcement and security agencies record routinely committed violations of human rights and international conventions.

"We arrange this information in a historical report which will provide the basis for our claims to various international institutions. Therefore, we still have tons of undeniable evidence of violations committed by the Russian Federation, which are yet to be submitted to this court," the minister said.

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On Jan. 16, 2017, Ukraine filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice to hold Russian Federation accountable for acts of terrorism and discrimination in the course of its illegal aggression against Ukraine. The lawsuit is based on the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The hearing is scheduled to take place from March 6 to 9 inclusively. Ukraine presented its position on March 6, Russia - on March 7. On March 8-9, both sides will present their objections to each other's positions.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated: "Ukraine will be presenting evidence of Russia's crimes at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The truth is stronger than weapons!" One day into the hearing, Poroshenko noted: "We expect rulings that will cut the supply of weapons to the occupied territory and stop reprisals the ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars are facing."

According to Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's main goal in The Hague is to protect the life and rights of the Ukrainians. Ukraine had held some 40 meetings with the Russian Federation before filing a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice.

The full text of the lawsuit is published on ICJ's official website.
   
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