Ukraine filed a lawsuit against Russia days after the invasion.
When Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, he claimed that people in eastern Ukraine were “subject to genocide by the Kyiv regime.”
Ukraine submitted a claim to the UN Supreme Court, categorically denying these accusations.
The fact that Russia is using accusations of “genocide” as a pretext for an invasion contradicts the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide.
In an initial decision in March 2022, the ICJ ruled in favor of Ukraine and ordered Russia to immediately stop the invasion.
However, Russia objected to the ruling, explaining that the ICJ, which rules on disputes between states, had no legal authority to rule on the case.
The ICJ rejected that argument on Friday, insisting it had the power to rule on the case.
Ukraine believes that Russia has violated the UN Convention on Genocide by calling something that is not genocide, reminds “Radio Brīvība”.
After filing the claim, the Russian side justified itself that the words about “genocide” were only a rhetorical phrase.
In its application to the ICJ, Ukraine also stated that Russia’s use of force during the invasion is also a violation of the Genocide Convention.
The ICJ stated that it was not competent to rule on this part of the case.