A total of 43 countries, including EU Member States and Moldova, as well as the EU itself, have issued a joint statement supporting Ukraine’s application to bring a case against the Russian Federation before the UN International Court of Justice under the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This case seeks to establish that Russia has no legitimate grounds for taking military action in Ukraine on the basis of unfounded allegations of genocide.
“We reiterate the importance of these proceedings and urge, again, Russia to immediately suspend its military operations in Ukraine, as ordered by the Court in its Order on Provisional Measures of 16 March 2022,” says the Joint Statement.
The signatories also reiterated that Russia must be held accountable for its actions: “In this regard, we consider that Russia’s violations of international law engage its international responsibility, and that the losses and damage suffered by Ukraine as a result of Russia’s violations of international law require full and urgent reparation by Russia, in accordance with the law of State responsibility.”
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