16th of March, 2022. International News. Russia/Ukraine WarLast updated: March 16, 2022 at 16:53 pm
Setting the stage to sink Putin for war crimes, the International Court of Justice, also known as the “World Court” has today, 16th of March, 2022, ordered Russia to halt its invasion of Ukraine. This will also set the stage for ordering Russia to pay reparations to Ukraine after the war is over.
The International Court of Justice ordered that Russia must “immediately” halt its invasion of Ukraine, saying that Ukraine could suffer irreparable damage if the war continues. It added that both sides should refrain from actions that could result in escalations of the conflict. The decision was supported by 13 of the 15 judges. Only Russia and China dissented.
Ukraine initiated proceedings against Russia at the International Court of Justice alleging that Moscow misinterpreted the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in order to support its argument for the invasion.
Kiev called on the International Court of Justice to launch temporary measures to protect the people of Ukraine by ordering Russia to suspend its senseless military operation which is based solely on the false and absurd claim of taking measures to prevent and punish genocide.
The ICJ states that “the court considers that Ukraine has a credible right not to be subjected to military operations of the Russian Federation for the purpose of preventing and punishing the alleged genocide on the territory of Ukraine.”
ICJ President, Joan Donoghue, said that the court made this decision because Ukraine could suffer “irreparable damage.”
“Indeed, any military operation, and especially to the extent that it is conducted by the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, inevitably causes loss of life, mental and physical injuries, and damage to property and the environment,” Donoghue said.
Russia has refused to attend hearings at the Hague and claims that the ICJ has no jurisdiction to hear the case, but ICJ judges have rejected the claim.
If Putin ignores the ruling and continues his offensive into Ukraine, Russia will suffer further international isolation, and runs the risk of provoking stronger military confrontation.