Monday, January 16 2017 18:28 EET
Poroshenko wants Russia to pay its price
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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to submit a dispute to the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague regarding Russia’s violation of the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The Head of State expressed confidence that Ukraine had been acting exclusively in the framework of international law since the beginning of the Russian aggression.  Today, the process of long pre-trial work has been completed. The lawsuit to the ICJ (International Court of Justice) is ready.

This lawsuit is taking place within the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

“Today, the entire complex of preparations in the pre-trial process has been completed. Ukraine is fully ready to submit the necessary documents to the ICJ to bring the Russian Federation to justice under these two Conventions,” the President noted and emphasized that the preparation of the Ukrainian party was rigorous.

“The Russian Federation has been brutally violating international law for three years. For three years, Russia has been committing the illegal annexation of Crimea, illegal occupation of the east of our country in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, implementing the policy of elimination and discrimination in Crimea,” the President said at the meeting with Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Olena Zerkal, Deputy Heads of the Presidential Administration Kostiantyn Yelisieiev and Oleksiy Filatov.

He emphasized that over the past three years, Russian militants had committed numerous terrorist attacks affecting hundreds of thousands of innocent people forced to leave their home.

The President reminded that about 1.7 million Ukrainians were IDPs (internally displaced person). 

“Those who stay in Crimea and Donbas suffer tortures and persecution. The Mejlis of Crimean Tatars has been banned. Other crimes that cannot stay unpunished are being committed,” Petro Poroshenko said. At the same time, the President recalled numerous crimes committed by terrorists against civilians in Mariupol, Volnovakha and Kramatorsk, as well as the MH-17 tragedy.

The Head of State noted his personal control over the previous lawsuits against Russia in the framework of the lawsuits regarding its violation of international maritime law. Ukraine puts forward the issue of bringing Russia to justice for the illegal confiscation of the Ukrainian property, Ukrainian deposits, seizure of the Ukrainian platforms, obstruction of fishery, causing environmental damage and other harmful processes for Ukraine in the annexed Crimea and occupied Donbas.

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