Ukraine on Sunday approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Russia and held Russia accountable for its action against Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted, “Ukraine has submitted its application against Russia to the ICJ. Russia must be held accountable for manipulating the notion of genocide to justify aggression. We request an immediate decision ordering Russia to cease military activity now and look forward to starting next week.”
Earlier, President Zelensky had said that Russia should be thrown out of the UN Security Council because of the attack on his country. Zelensky said in a video message on Sunday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a step towards genocide. “Russia has chosen the path of evil and the world should throw it out of the UN Security Council,” he said. Russia is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, due to which it has the power to veto resolutions.
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Zelensky said the International War Crimes Tribunal should investigate Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian cities. He called the Russian aggression “state-sponsored terrorism”. He rubbished Russia’s claims that it was not targeting civilian areas. In fact, the International Court of Justice ruled in 2019 that it has jurisdiction to hear the dispute between Ukraine and Russia in relation to the Crimea region.