The Hague court admits Kiev's lawsuit against Moscow over the eastern occupation

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The International Criminal Court (ICC), the main judicial body of the United Nations, declared itself in Friday in The Hague competent to settle the lawsuit filed by Kiev in 2017 against Russia for supporting with money, men and weapons the separatist rebels of the regions Ukrainians from Donetsk and Lugansk, eastern territories in the Donbass basin. The armed uprising occurred in April 2014 and triggered a war that has already caused more than 13,000 deaths.

In 2018, Russia demanded that Ukraine's claims be dismissed as it considers that the CFI lacks jurisdiction and powers in this regard and ratified its position last June. But this Friday the president of the court, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, announced that "the Court concludes that it has powers (…) to intervene on the requests made by Ukraine."

The Kremlin also believes that Kiev has not presented sufficient evidence of that Russian military interference in eastern Ukraine and considers that its ultimate goal is to question the legal status of the annexed Crimean peninsula. But Ukraine maintains that its complaint is based on the violation by Russia of the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, of 1999, and the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, of 1965.

Moscow has always denied its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but Kiev claims to have documented that much of the separatist forces are made up of Russian military or mercenaries, whom it considers "terrorists," and the heavy material they use comes from Russian units deployed near the border with Ukraine.

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