As Ukraine replies to the most recent statements made by Russia during the session of the UN Criminal Court in the Hague, Kyiv will present the court all diplomatic notes sent to Russia since 2014. David Zionts, the lawyer representing Ukraine’s interests in this litigation, said this during his speech at the Court’s session on Wednesday, March 8.
‘At first, we were not going to pass so much material to the court. But having faced the accusations by the Russian side, we will pass these documents today,’ he said.
According to Zionts, such decision was made after Russia’s representative in the Court Ilya Rogachev said that Ukraine never mentioned any particular cases of violations of UN conventions. ‘He never presented to the Court all documents containing diplomatic correspondence,’ Zionts concluded.
On March 7, Russian delegation claimed that the pro-Kremlin militants allegedly found weapons hidden in the mines in eastern Ukraine, assuring that it was either Soviet or the Ukrainian weaponry left behind by the Ukrainian army in Donbas.
Previously, Ukraine sued Russia for breaching two UN conventions within this country’s military aggression in Donbas – the one on countering sponsorship of terrorism and the one about liquidation of all forms of racial discrimination.
Ukraine has been demanding that Russia stops funding illegal armed units in Donbas and returns the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars their legal status in the annexed Crimea.