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THE HAGUE: The United Nations’ top court will decide on Friday whether to hear a case in which Ukraine accuses Russia of violating international law by saying the invasion was launched to stop an alleged genocide.
Days after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Ukraine brought the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), also known as the World Court.
At court hearings in September, Moscow lawyers urged judges to dismiss the case, saying Kiev’s legal arguments were flawed. The ICJ said on Monday that it would rule on Russia’s objections to the court’s jurisdiction on Friday.
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Kiev says Russia is in violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention and that the invasion is justified to stop a genocide against Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine says there is no threat of genocide in eastern Ukraine, which has been fighting Russian-backed forces since 2014.
Moscow said Ukraine was using the case as a detour to decide on the legality of Russia’s military action.
On Friday, the same court ordered Israel to do more to prevent genocidal acts of war against Hamas and to help civilians in Gaza. He stopped short of calling for an immediate ceasefire at South Africa’s insistence.
The court did not rule on the merits of the case – whether genocide took place in Gaza or not. But he recognized the right of Palestinians in Gaza to be protected from genocidal acts.
If the International Court of Justice decides it can move forward with the Ukraine-Russia case, it could be many months before hearings on the merits are scheduled.
On Wednesday, the International Court of Justice will rule on another case brought by Ukraine against Russia, which accuses Moscow of violating UN treaties against terrorism and discrimination in connection with the July 2014 downing of flight MH17. Russia has denied involvement in the incident. .