Ukraine appealed to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) with a request to finally explain its Order on use of the provisional measures adopted last year. The appeal dated April 19, 2018, was filed today as Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported.
Ukraine also filed an appeal with a request to assume the proper provisional measures, taking into account that the situation is urgent.
Particularly, Ukraine asked to explain once more the decision on the cancelation of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis ban.
The ICJ obliged Russia by its Order to refrain from the making or supporting of the restrictions toward the possibility of the Crimean Tatars to keep their own representative institutions, including the Mejlis
‘Despite the clear meaning of this Order, an entire year has passed and Russia continues to maintain its ban of the Mejlis. It is now apparent that Russia does not consider that it must suspend its discriminatory ban on the Mejlis under the language of the ICJ’s Order’, the Foreign Ministry claimed.
Ukraine principally does not agree on this position.
Moreover, the ICJ’s Order obliges Russia ‘to provide the access to the education in the Ukrainian language’ and urges both sides to not assume measures that can aggravate the disputes before the Court, which encompass both discrimination in Crimea and support for terrorism in eastern Ukraine.
On February 19, 2018, Ukraine submitted its Memorial in Arbitration Proceedings against the Russian Federation under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
It is noted that since 2014, Russia “has unlawfully excluded Ukraine from exercising its maritime rights; it has exploited Ukraine’s sovereign resources for its own ends; and it has usurped Ukraine’s right to regulate within its own maritime areas. Through these violations of international law, Russia is stealing Ukraine’s energy and fisheries resources, harming the livelihoods of Ukrainian fishermen, and blocking traffic to Ukrainian ports with its illegal bridge over the Kerch Strait, among other serious violations”.