UN top court orders Russia to stop hostilities in Ukraine

AP , Wednesday 16 Mar 2022

The United Nations' top court ordered Russia to stop hostilities in Ukraine on Wednesday, granting measures requested by Kyiv, but many are skeptical that Russia will comply.

Journalists listen to Presiding judge of UN top court
Journalists listen to Presiding judge Joan Donoghue, on screen, as she reads the ruling of the United Nations top court in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 16, 2022, on a request by Ukraine to order Russia to halt its devastating invasion. But it remains to be seen if Moscow would comply with any order made by the International Court of Justice. Russia snubbed a hearing last week at which lawyers for Ukraine accused the country s powerful neighbor of resorting to tactics reminiscent of medieval siege warfare in its brutal assault. AP

Ukraine asked the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, to intervene two weeks ago, arguing Russia violated the 1948 Genocide Convention by falsely accusing Ukraine of committing genocide and using that as a pretext for the ongoing invasion.

The court's president, US judge Joan E. Donoghue, demanded that ``the Russian Federation shall immediately suspend the special military operations it commenced on Feb. 24.''

Following the news, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted: ``Ukraine gained a complete victory in its case against Russia at the International Court of Justice.

The ICJ ordered to immediately stop the invasion.

The order is binding under international law. Russia must comply immediately. Ignoring the order will isolate Russia even further.''

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