As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, Ukraine's representative in the UN International Court of Justice Harold Hongju Koh said Wednesday as he was delivering objections to the Russia's position voiced yesterday at the hearing of the claim Ukraine had filed against Russia.
According to the Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, Russia's representative Samuel Wordsworth has never denied in court the important fact that Russia is supplying lethal weapons to the armed groups committing attacks on civilians in eastern Ukraine.
Assessing Russia's explanation of "non-involvement" in the financing of terrorism in eastern Ukraine, Mr. Koh described the defendant's position as 'legal gymnastics'.
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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