Russia boycotts UN Court hearing on Ukraine Invasion

On Monday, Russia refused to show up at UN’s top court where Ukraine asked for immediate halt to Russia’s invasion. The head of the International Court of Justice criticized Russia’s boycott.

Kyiv filed the case shortly after the February 24 invasion, accusing Russia of having illegally justify its war by falsely alleging genocide in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. Ukraine wants the Court to take measures to immediately stop Russia from military operations while pending a full judgment which can take years.

Russia’s ambassador Alexander Shulgin wrote to the court and indicated the refusal to participate in the court hearing, according to President Joan Donoghue of the ICJ.

Court cancelled the second day of hearings and plans to begin deliberations.

Interim rulings often come within weeks.

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