Ukraine asked UN highest court to make Russia stop supporting rebels in Donbas

Ukrainian State appealed to the court to protect fundamental rights of Ukrainian people facing violations of international law by Russian Federation
18:44, 6 March 2017

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Ukrainian State asked the International Court of Justice to order Russia to stop funding and equipping pro-Russian separatists, according to Reuters.

At the same time, Russia denied sending troops or military equipment to Donbas.

"Today I stand before the World Court to request protection of the basic human rights of Ukrainian people," Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal said at the hearing.

"Russian Federation tactics include support for terrorism and acts of racial discrimination, as well as propaganda, subversion, intimidation, political corruption and cyber attacks," Zerkal told the judges.

She also stressed constant bombardment of residential areas by militants, as well as responsibility of Russia for the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014 that killed 298 passengers and crew. In September 2016 investigative team composed from six countries and led by Netherlands announced that the plane was show with Russian-manufactured Buk surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by pro-Russian forces. On top of that, Bellingcat International investigative group recently published a new report based on the several tapped telephone conversations in relation to the July 17 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight, saying that Russian officer Sergey Dubinsky was responsible for the weapon transportation at the time.

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