UN court rejects Ukraine request to block rebel funding

UN court rejects Ukraine request to block rebel funding

Kyiv filed a lawsuit against Russian Federation at the ICJ for intervening militarily in Ukraine, financing separatists that Kyiv labels "terrorists", the shooting down of civilian passenger plane MH17 in July 2014, and discriminating against Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians in the annexed peninsula.

Wednesday's ruling was preliminary decision aimed at preserving Ukraine's rights while the full case makes its way through the court, a process likely to take years.

"Having considered the terms of the provisional measures requested by Ukraine and the circumstances of the case, the Court finds that the measures to be indicated need not be identical to those requested".

It called on the court's 16 judges to rule that "the Russian Federation bears global responsibility" for "acts of terrorism committed by its proxies in Ukraine". Moscow "must. refrain from maintaining or imposing limitations in the ability of the Crimean Tatar community to conserve its representative institutions", the court ruled. The judges said Russian Federation must also ensure there are no limits on access to Ukrainian language education on the peninsula.

Moscow has mobilized military forces along its border with Ukraine, but there has not been any direct connection between the Kremlin and the pro-Russia rebel groups fighting across the border.

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The court's rulings are binding on states, though it has no power to enforce them. "We are confident that today we are pursuing the right course, and hope for a successful hearing of these cases", he added.

Moscow argues Ukraine was misapplying the treaties on terrorism and discrimination as a way to litigate against Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Olena Zerkal, Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister, seond left, and Roman Kolodkin, head of the legal department of the Russian Foreign Affairs ministry, third from right, listen to presiding Abraham as he reads the World Court's order on provisional measures in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in the case brought by the Ukraine against Russia accusing Moscow of financing separatist rebels and racially discriminating against ethnic Tartars and Ukrainians in the annexed Crimea peninsula. "We proved our position".

Crimean Tatars were some of the most vocal opponents of Russia's annexing of the peninsula in March 2014. "That's why Russian authorities do pay a lot of attention on different global court rulings".

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