ICJ orders Russia to cease military operations in Ukraine

ICJ orders Russia to cease military operations in Ukraine
ICJ orders Russia to cease military operations in Ukraine

On Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Russia to halt its military operations in Ukraine, which began on February 24.

“The Russian Federation should immediately halt the military activities that it began on February 24, 2022 on Ukrainian territory,” the justices said.

The judges also stated that Russia must ensure that additional troops under its control or backed by Moscow do not continue the military action.

Although the International Court of Justice (ICJ) makes binding decisions, it has no direct methods of implementing them, and governments have ignored them in rare occasions in the past.

“The Russian Federation should immediately halt the military activities that it began on the territory of Ukraine on February 24, 2022,” the ICJ justices said in a 13-2 verdict.

They also stated that Russia must ensure that additional forces under its command or supported by Moscow do not continue the military action.

Ukraine submitted its lawsuit at the International Court of Justice immediately after Russia’s invasion began on February 24, claiming that Moscow’s declared reason, that it was acting to prevent genocide in eastern Ukraine, was false.

In addition to challenging the reasons for the invasion, Kyiv requested immediate “provisional” remedies against Russia to halt the bloodshed until the case could be considered in its entirety. On Wednesday, these proposals were approved.