THE HAGUE, Netherlands: Ukraine said on Tuesday the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should impose reparations on Russia for its “war of annihilation,” arguing that international law itself was at stake.
“Russia is not above the law. It must be held accountable,” Ukraine’s lead speaker Anton Korynevych told the tribunal, sitting just a few meters from his Russian opponents in the Peace Palace in The Hague, western Netherlands.
“You have the power to declare that Russia’s actions are unlawful, that its continued abuses must stop, that your orders must be followed and that Russia must make reparations,” he told the judges.
Ukraine dragged Russia before the ICJ only a few days after Moscow launched the invasion on Feb. 24, 2022, seeking to battle its belligerent neighbor on all fronts, legal as well as diplomatic and military.
Kyiv’s argument is that Russian President Vladimir Putin invoked a supposed “genocide” against pro-Russian people in eastern Ukraine as one of the reasons for Moscow invading its neighbor.