International Court of Justice orders Russia to ‘immediately suspend’ military operations in Ukraine

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Moscow (Russia): Amid Russia’s ongoing military operations in Ukraine, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague has ordered Moscow to immediately stop its invasion of Ukraine, saying there is no evidence to support its justification of the war.

While hearing the matter on Wednesday, the court ruled there was no evidence to support Russia’s claims that Ukraine was committing genocide in the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, whereby Moscow has justified its invasion of Ukraine, CNN reported.

“The Russian Federation shall immediately suspend the military operations commenced on 24 February, 2022, that have as their stated purpose and objective the prevention and punishment of a claimed genocide in the Luhansk and Donetskoblasts of Ukraine,” ICJ stated.

It also called for other forces supported or controlled by Russia to cease their military operations, and for Moscow to refrain from aggravating or extending the dispute.

Ukraine filed a dispute on February 26 against Russia on the basis of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. It asked the ICJ to deliberate on Russian claims that Ukraine was committing genocide in the Donbas.

Earlier, Russia boycotted the previous ICJ hearing on March 7.

first published:March 17, 2022, 12:34 a.m.

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