International Court of Justice finds Russia guilty of UN anti-terrorism violations


International Court of Justice finds Russia guilty of UN anti-terrorism violations
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According to Sky News, the International Court of Justice has found Russia guilty of some violations of the UN anti-terrorism treaty in eastern Ukraine. During hearings last year, a Ukrainian lawyer, David Zionts, said pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine had attacked civilians as part of a campaign of intimidation and terror.

Russian money and weapons fueled this campaign. The Court ordered Russia to investigate allegations of terrorist financing, but failed to order compensation to be paid as requested by Ukraine. The issue arises from accusations by Ukraine that Russia financed separatist rebels in the east of the country in 2014, including those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 on July 17, 2014.

Kiev says Russia violated the obligations under the two UN treaties, signed by both countries and asked to be compensated for this.

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Russia is also accused of having violated anti-discrimination conventions in its treatment of the multi-ethnic community of Crimea since the annexation of the peninsula to the Federation.

In the meantime, 390 soldiers have been freed in prisoner exchange

As I wrote above, the news of a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia has been made official. 400 Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of war have returned to their homeland as part of a negotiated exchange between Moscow and Kiev.

The Russian Defense Ministry said 195 Ukrainian soldiers were exchanged for 195 prisoners in enemy hands. The exchange follows a few days after the shooting down of a Russian transport plane which, according to the Kremlin, was carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war on their way to liberation, while according to Kiev it had S-300 missiles on board.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, quoted by Ukrainska Pravda, explained how Ukraine is completely self-sufficient in its natural gas needs for home heating. "We are going through the heating season using our own gas for the first time in history.

We currently have 10 million cubic meters of gas in our storage depots. And we are going through the heating season only with gas produced in Ukraine”.

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