The UN International Court has ruled today that Russia should cease and desist from acts of suppression against Crimean Tatars, but said it would not impose measures ordering Russia to stop it from funding and equipping pro-Russia separatists as part of a case brought against Moscow by Ukraine.
The United Nation’s highest court said it was refusing the request by Ukraine to issue a provisional measure to block what Kiev says is Russian monetary and military support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
As the Ukrainian authorities assert, Russia “is carrying out a purposeful campaign for cultural cleansing” on these territories, thus violating the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
In view of this, Ukraine demands that Russia be recognized as a party guilty of “terrorism sponsoring” and be obliged to stop all forms of its support for the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Moscow seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and has supported the separatists in a war that has since killed almost 10,000 people in eastern Ukraine.
When Ukraine lodged its case in January, Kiev said Russia has stepped up its interference in Ukraine’s affairs since 2014, “intervening militarily…financing acts of terrorism and violating the human rights of millions of Ukraine’s citizens, including, for all too many, their right to life.”
It said Ukraine was seeking “full reparations for…acts of terrorism the Russian Federation has caused, facilitated or supported,” citing bombardments of residential areas and the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which killed all 298 passengers and crew.