Ukraine submits to ICJ evidence of Russian crimes in Crimea, Donbas

15:57, 12 June 2018
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said today Ukraine will submit to the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) a memorandum containing the legal justification for Ukraine's position on racial discrimination in Russian-occupied Crimea and Russia's financing of terrorism in Donbas.

"Today, the Russian Federation will receive from us a kind of 'gift' in the International Court of Justice, weighing about 90 kg, consisting of 17,500 pages of text in 29 volumes. We are submitting our memorandum on the financing of terrorism and racial discrimination," Klimkin wrote on Twitter.

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As UNIAN reported, the UN ICJ on April 19, 2017, announced a decision that partially satisfied Ukraine's request to apply provisional preventive measures against Russia under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

The ICJ has found that Russia must refrain from imposing limitations on the ability of the Crimean Tatar community to conserve its representative institutions, including the Mejlis, and ensure the availability of education in the Ukrainian language.

On accusations of Russia's violation of the norms of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, the ICJ ruled that "at this stage of the proceedings, Ukraine has not put before it evidence which affords a sufficient basis to find it plausible that these elements [intention and knowledge, as well as the element of purpose] are present." Therefore, provisional measures were not applied under said convention.

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