The Hague court is an opportunity for Ukraine to show the whole world the proof of Russian atrocities – Olena Sotnyk

People’s deputy of the Samopomich Union faction, Olena Sotnyk, on the significance of the case against Russia in the Hague for Ukraine and Ukrainians:
– Firstly, the Russian Federation and its actions fall under the jurisdiction of the International Court at the United Nations, whose decisions are binding for Russia. The subject of Ukraine’s claims is formulated on the basis of the UN conventions, which were grossly violated by Russia, in particular, through support of terrorism and ethnic discrimination.
Secondly, this is an opportunity for Ukraine to present to the whole world all the evidence of the atrocity and military aggression, discrimination and human rights violations committed by the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine collected over the years! We can once again draw attention of the world to the events in Ukraine and destroy the myths of propaganda!
Thirdly, supposing the Ukraine’s claim on employing measures is satisfied, the court may oblige Russia to ensure effective control over its border, to stop supplying arms to Ukraine, to stop supporting illegal armed formations that harm the civilian population of Ukraine, and may deter Russia from any further acts of ethnic discrimination – both against ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the territory of the occupied Crimea.
Fourthly, even if the negative forecasts of experts about the possible ignoring by the Russian Federation of any decisions of the International Court of Justice are justified, for Ukraine this will become another weighty and legally fixed argument at the foreign arena for not only continuing but also stepping up sanctions.
The pitfall here is the fact that the International Court of Justice will only consider the issues of financing of terrorism and ethnic discrimination, while the issue of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine will not be considered, due to the specifics of this court among other things. Another negative point, apart from the long consideration of the case on the merits (it can last from one to three years), is the fact that at the time of filing the claim Ukraine has not legislatively fixed the status of the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Some wording used by the Ukrainian side is weaker than the wording already established in resolutions and decisions of international organizations! Clearness of the status and wording could significantly strengthen the line of accusation!

Olena Sotnyk
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