Ukraine has filed a case at the International Court of Justice accusing Russia of planning genocide.
The ICJ, the top court of the United Nations, said on Feb. 27 in a statement that Ukraine filed an application to institute proceedings against Russia for “a dispute… relating to the interpretation, application, and fulfillment of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”
According to the ICJ, Ukraine accuses Russia of “intentionally killing and inflicting serious injury on members of the Ukrainian nationality.”
Ukraine further accuses Russia of falsely claiming that genocide occurred in the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, ICJ said.
Ukraine submitted the application “to establish that Russia has no lawful basis to take action in and against Ukraine for the purpose of preventing and punishing any purported genocide,” ICJ further said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also announced the move on Twitter, requesting for an urgent decision to order Russia to cease military activity.
“Russia must be held accountable for manipulating the notion of genocide to justify aggression,” Zelensky said.
Zelensky said Ukraine expects trials to begin next week.
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