Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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International Court of Justice in The Hague begins hearings devoted to the request for the indication of provisional measures by Ukraine against the Russian Federation

06 March, 09:45

On March 6, International Court of Justice in The Hague begins hearings devoted to the request for the indication of provisional measures by Ukraine against the Russian Federation.

On March 6, International Court of Justice in The Hague begins hearings devoted to the request for the indication of provisional measures by Ukraine against the Russian Federation.

Ukraine instituted proceedings against the Russian Federation and requested the indication of provisional measures on January 16, 2017 with a view of bringing the Russian Federation to responsible for supporting terrorism in eastern Ukraine, as well as for the discrimination against ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea.

Provisional measures will allow the Court to facilitate for a prevention of further deterioration of the situation, most importantly — to protect civilian population for the time of the duration of the proceedings.

The proceedings will continue regardless of the Court's decision on Ukraine's request for the indication of provisional measures. However, indication of such measures is particularly important in the context of the worsening of the situation in Avdeevka and Crimea.

In the request for indication of provisional measures Ukraine appeals to the Court to oblige the Russian Federation to stop violations of international law. In particular, Ukraine appeals to the Court to compel the Russian Federation to ensure effective control over its borders, stop arms deliveries to Ukraine, stop supporting illegal armed groups that harm civilian population of Ukraine, and refrain from any further acts of ethnic discrimination in the occupied Crimea.

It is expected that the hearings will last four days. Ukraine will present arguments on Monday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 8. The Russian Federation will present arguments on Tuesday, March 7, and Thursday 9, March. The hearing will begin each day at 10.00 AM (11.00 AM Kyiv time).

Online stream of the hearings will be available at:

http://www.icj-cij.org/presscom/multimedia.php?p1=6

http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/international-court-of-justice-icj/

Usually the ICJ considers requests for indication of provisional measures in an expedited manner. It is expected that the Court will make a decision within a few weeks.

As regards the consideration of Ukraine's case against Russia in general, within the next few months the ICJ should determine a schedule of submission of procedural documents by the parties, followed by determining a schedule of hearing.