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International court to rule on genocide allegations against Russia

(The Hill) – The International Court of Justice announced on Monday that it will render a decision on Wednesday in the case concerning “Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation). of Russia). ”

The presiding judge, Judge Joan E. Donoghue, will issue the order at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the court said in a statement. declaration.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only members of the tribunal and parties related to the case are permitted to attend the hearing which will be streamed live.

Last week, the court held its first hearing in the case that Russian officials ignored, a decision by Ukrainian envoy Anton Korynevych who “speaks loudly”.

“They are not here in this court: they are on a battlefield waging a war of aggression against my country”, he added, calling on Moscow to “lay down their arms and present your evidence”.

In its ICJ petition filed earlier this month, Ukraine said Russia “falsely claimed that acts of genocide had taken place” in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic, the two breakaway regions of Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized as independent in the days before his full-scale military invasion.

Ukraine added that Moscow “declared and implemented a ‘special military operation’ against Ukraine for the express purpose of preventing and punishing alleged acts of genocide that have no factual basis”.

The country also told the court that Russia was “now engaged in a military invasion of Ukraine involving serious and widespread violations of the human rights of the Ukrainian people”.

Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, at least 79 children, 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers and 12,000 Russian soldiers have been killed, and more than 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine.


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