ICJ orders Russia to stop Ukrainian invasion 'immediately'
Friday, March 18, 2022
On Wednesday, the Russia to "immediately suspend the military operations" in Ukraine in a 13–2 vote of representatives. The ruling against the Russian invasion of Ukraine was opposed by Russia and China.(ICJ) directed
Ukraine filed the case on February 26, two days after the Russian invasion began. Russia justified the incursion as a special military operation to protect Russian groups infrom , which Ukraine says is unfounded. During the hearing, Russia insisted "it was acting in self-defense".
Ukrainian representative to the ICJ United Nations doesn't permit invasion as defense against genocide, and denied committing or planning any such acts.demanded "Russia must be stopped". Ukraine said the
The court ruled in Ukraine's favor. It reasoned, "the civilian population affected by the present conflict is extremely vulnerable. The 'special military operation' being conducted by the Russian Federation has resulted in numerous civilian deaths and injuries."
Russia had earlier boycotted the ICJ hearing with a March 7 filing saying the court lacks jurisdiction on the matter. Even though the ICJ ruled in favor of Ukraine, it has no executive right to enforce the verdict.
Russia's military continues to strike Ukrainian cities and destroy civilian structures. Thereported that about 3 million Ukrainians had taken refuge in nearby countries since the invasion.
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