Ukrainian President moves International Court of Justice against Russia

Ukraine moved the International Court of Justice to The Hague over the Russian military operation that began in Ukraine on Thursday (local time) and urged the highest court to order Russia to cease “hostilities”.

Taking to Twitter, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “Ukraine has submitted its claim against Russia to the ICJ. Russia must be held accountable for manipulating the notion of genocide to justify aggression. We demand an urgent decision ordering Russia to cease all military activity immediately and expect testing to begin next week.”

“Ukraine has formally filed a complaint against Russia at the United Nations International Court of Justice in The Hague. We demand that Russia be held accountable for distorting the concept of genocide to justify aggression. We call on the court to immediately order Russia to cease hostilities and schedule a hearing next week,” he added.

Amid ongoing tensions between Moscow and Kyiv, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday and said Russia must be isolated diplomatically and financially.

Earlier, he also spoke with Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili and Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala about the current situation.

In particular, Zelenskyy, in a telephone conversation, thanked Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, for his personal leadership in Ukraine’s accession to the EU.

In a tweet, Zelensky also said he thanked the Pope for his prayers, adding that “the Ukrainian people feel the spiritual support of His Holiness.”

In the early hours of Thursday, Russia launched a special military operation in the Donbas region after the breakaway regions of Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk – were recognized as independent identities.

Western countries have strongly condemned the Russian military operation and stepped up sanctions pressure against Moscow.

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