The International Court of Justice in The Hague has resumed hearings on Ukraine's claim against Russia under the Genocide Convention, The Guardian reports. Ukraine filed the lawsuit shortly after the start of Russia's full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022.
The essence of the lawsuit is that Ukraine demands that Russia be held accountable for distorting the concept of genocide. Kyiv claims that Russia manipulated international law by claiming that the invasion was carried out to prevent genocide in Donbas. This is how the Kremlin justifies the outbreak of war.
It should be noted that Russia has called on the World Court to close the case of genocide in Ukraine, arguing that the court does not have jurisdiction.
The hearings, which will last until September 27, will focus on legal arguments about jurisdiction and will not go into the merits of the case. Although Russia continues to ignore the UN International Court of Justice's orders to cease hostilities and the court has no means of enforcing its decisions, experts believe that a final ruling in favor of Ukraine could be important for future reparations claims.