Ukraine takes 'terrorism' case against Russian Federation to global court

Ukraine now "respectfully requests the court to adjudge and declare that the Russian Federation bears worldwide responsibility by virtue of its sponsorship of terrorism. for the acts of terrorism committed by its proxies in Ukraine", it said in papers before the court.

Ukraine asked the United Nations' highest court on Monday to order Russia to stop funding and equipping pro-Russian separatists, at the start of a hearing where it hopes to prove Moscow is breaking global law.

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The ministry reminded that during a meeting in June 2016 ombudsmen of Ukraine and Russian Federation agreed to move 18 prisoners from detention facilities of Crimea to mainland Ukraine to further serve their sentences. Ukraine alleges that Russian Federation has supported pro-Russia separatist fighters in Ukraine, leading to the "shooting down of flight MH17, with 298 innocent civilians on board", bombing residential areas and peaceful political rallies, and other acts of terrorism. Zerkal requested an immediate court order to stop what she called Russia's abuses until the judges have heard the case in full.

Russia has said it took control of Crimea to protect ethnic Russian living there from discrimination.

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Initial hearings will last through the week, but the court can sometimes take years to reach a verdict, according to USA -funded Radio Free Europe.

Ukraine's deputy foreign minister on Monday accused Russia of financing terrorism by shipping arms, ammunition and funds to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine and of discriminating against non-Russians in the annexed Crimean Peninsula. "I want the world to understand that there wasn't any annexation", said Sevastopol resident Lada Litvak.

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Russia, which publicly denies sending troops or military equipment to eastern Ukraine, is widely expected to challenge the jurisdiction of the court. The UN court's rulings are final and binding.

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