by Stephanie van den Berg at Reuters
The United Nations’ highest court on Friday ruled that it will hear a case in which Kyiv has asked it to declare it did not commit genocide in eastern Ukraine, as Russia claimed as a pretext for attacking its smaller neighbour.
Ukraine brought the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), also known as the World Court, days after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
On Friday, judges found the court had jurisdiction to hear just a small part of the original case. The judges threw out a request by Ukraine to rule on whether or not the Russian invasion violated the 1948 Genocide Convention.
Instead the panel of 16 judges said they will only rule at a later stage on whether or not Ukraine committed genocide in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas of eastern Ukraine now occupied by Russia.
In hearings in September last year, lawyers for Moscow urged judges to throw out the entire case, saying Kyiv’s legal arguments were flawed and the court had no jurisdiction.
On Friday, the judges granted some of Russia’s objections but allowed Ukraine’s…Continue Reading