THE HAGUE (AFP) – The UN’s prime court docket on Wednesday (March 16) ordered Russia to droop its invasion of Ukraine, saying it was “profoundly concerned” by Moscow’s use of drive.

“The Russian Federation shall immediately suspend military operations that it commenced on Feb 24 on the territory of Ukraine,” pending the ultimate resolution within the case, presiding choose Joan Donoghue advised the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

“The court is profoundly concerned about the use of force by the Russian Federation which raises very serious issues in international law,” Donoghue advised a listening to in The Hague.

Kyiv dragged Moscow to the UN’s prime court docket days after Russia’s assault on Feb 24.

Ukraine accuses Russia of illegally making an attempt to justify its conflict by falsely alleging genocide in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk areas.

Kyiv then requested the court docket to take provisional measures ordering Russia to “immediately suspend the military operations”.

“Russia must be stopped, and the court has a role to play in stopping that,” Ukraine’s consultant Anton Korynevych advised the ICJ final week.

The listening to on Wednesday comes because the variety of refugees fleeing Ukraine topped three million and Russian forces step up strikes on residential buildings in Kyiv.

At the identical time, Kyiv stated it needed its safety to be assured by worldwide forces, because it rejected proposals pushed by Russia for it to undertake a impartial standing corresponding to Austria or Sweden.

‘No genocide evidence’

Russia snubbed hearings on March 7 and eight, arguing in a written submitting that the ICJ “did not have jurisdiction” as a result of Kyiv’s request fell outdoors of the scope of the 1948 Genocide Convention on which it primarily based its case.

Moscow additionally justified its use of drive in Ukraine, saying “it was acting in self-defence.”

But the ICJ dominated it had jurisdiction within the case, with Donoghue stating the ICJ presently “is not in the possession of evidence substantiating the allegation of the Russian Federation that genocide has been committed on Ukrainian territory.”

The ICJ was arrange after World War II to rule on disputes between UN member states, primarily based primarily on treaties and conventions.

Although its rulings are binding, it has no actual means to implement them.

A full listening to into the content material of the case might nonetheless take years, they added.

Judges on Wednesday additionally ordered Moscow to make sure that army or irregular armed models “take no further steps” in furthering its offensive.

But “whether Russia will oblige is an entirely different question”, stated Marieke De Hoon, assistant worldwide felony and public regulation professor on the University of Amsterdam.

The case can be separate from a Ukraine conflict crimes investigation launched by the International Criminal Court (ICC), a separate tribunal additionally primarily based in The Hague.

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