"It is very symbolic that the UN International Court of Justice ruled to file a Memorandum in Ukraine v. Russia case on the violation of the International Convention on the Prohibition of the Financing of Terrorism and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination on the Russia Day, June 12," President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.
According to the president, the document contains the amount of evidence so immense that has never been submitted to the ICJ before.
"This has been done so that no one ever doubts that Russia has committed unlawful actions and must bear responsibility for them. A lot of work is still to be done to prove the truth but the truth is on our side and therefore we will contend for truth with all appropriate means," the head of state added.
On Jan. 16, 2017, Ukraine filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice to hold Russian Federation accountable for acts of terrorism and ethnic discrimination in the course of its illegal aggression against Ukraine. The lawsuit is based on the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
On April 19, 2017, the ICJ announced an interim decision on the Ukraine v. Russia case. In particular, the court recognized its jurisdiction as regards the merits of the case and upheld the introduction of provisional measures against the Russian Federation to protect national minorities in Crimea. However, it overturned imposing provisional measures against Russia under the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. The court also ordered Ukraine and Russia to fully implement the Minsk agreements.
The meeting of the delegations of the parties to the Ukraine v. Russia case chaired by ICJ President Ronnie Abraham was held On May 12, 2017. It was decided than that Ukraine must file the Memorandum containing all the evidence of the crimes committed by the Russian Federation since the beginning of its aggression against Ukraine by June 12, 2018 while the Russian Federation shall file its counter-memorandum by July 12, 2019.