United Nations court rejects Ukraine request to block rebel funding

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

Judges are ruling on those requests later Wednesday.

Therefore "the conditions required for the indication of provisional measures" on whether Moscow had broken an global convention on terrorism financing "are not met".

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is due to issue a ruling on April 19 on Kyiv's bid to block Russian Federation from sending money, weapons, and troops to eastern 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 UN's top court will Wednesday rule on a bid by Kiev to halt Russia's alleged funnelling of money, arms, and personnel into Ukraine's war-torn east, a key moment in the three-year crisis.

It called on the court's 15 judges to rule that "the Russian Federation bears worldwide responsibility" for "acts of terrorism committed by its proxies in Ukraine".

Map of eastern Ukraine locating the area occupied by pro-Russian separatist forces.

These include the shelling and bombing of civilians and the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot down by a Russian-made Buk-missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

"The Court expects the Parties, through individual and joint efforts, to work for the full implementation of this "Package of Measures" in order to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine," it said.

In a legal victory for Ukraine, the 16-judge panel said that the court appears, at this early stage of proceedings, to have jurisdiction in both cases.

Cases in the ICJ can take years to pass through the court and Ukraine has also filed to seek interim protection measures.

"For us this decision of the court is a positive one", Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal said outside court.

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