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The World Court of Justice has ordered Russia to suspend military operations in Ukraine – SABC News

The United Nations Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Russia to immediately suspend its military operations in Ukraine, saying it was “seriously concerned” about Moscow’s use of force.

Although the rulings of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) are binding, it has no direct means of enforcing them, and in rare cases in the past countries have ignored them.

“The Russian Federation will immediately suspend military operations it launched on February 24, 2022 in the territory of Ukraine,” the ICJ judges said in a 13-2 decision.

They added that Russia must also ensure that other forces under its control or supported by Moscow do not continue their military operations.

Ukraine filed a lawsuit against the ICJ shortly after the Russian invasion began on February 24, saying that Moscow’s stated justification for taking action to prevent genocide in eastern Ukraine was unfounded.

In addition to sharing the reason for the invasion, Kyivalso called for “temporary measures” against Russia to stop the violence before the case is fully addressed.

Those measures were granted on Wednesday.

During interrogations earlier this month, Ukraine said there was no threat of genocide in eastern Ukraine and that the 1948 UN genocide agreement, signed by both countries, did not allow an invasion to prevent it.

Ukrainian government forces have been fighting separatists with Russian support in Donbass region of eastern Ukraine since 2014.

Kyiv and its Western allies reject Moscow’s claims of genocide in Russian-speaking countries there.

Russia has denied interrogation by the ICJ, also known as the International Court of Justice, “in light of the absurdity of the lawsuit”. It later submitted a written document stating that the court should not take any action.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed the ICJ’s ruling on emergency measures as a “perfect victory” in its case against Russia.

The (ICJ) Ordinance is binding under international law. Russia must leave immediately. “Ignoring the order will further isolate Russia,” Zelenskiy said on Twitter.

Judge Joan Donoghue, who read out the ruling on Wednesday, said the court was “seriously concerned about the use of force by the Russian Federation in Ukraine, which raises very serious issues in international law”.

The World Court of Justice has ordered Russia to suspend military operations in Ukraine – SABC News

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