The Ukrainian delegation is led by Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal, while that of Russia - by Director of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Roman Kolodkin.
Before the start of the court session Kolodkin and Zerkal shook hands with each other.
The hearing will last from March 6 to 9 inclusively. Ukraine is to present its position on March 6, with Russia coming next on March 7. On March 8-9, both sides will present their objections to each other's positions.
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.