The Ukrainian president appeals to the Hague-based court for an ‘urgent decision’ in the wake of the Russian invasion.
The court does not have a mandate to bring criminal charges against individual Russian leaders behind the four-day-old invasion [File: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters]
Ukraine has filed a suit against Russia at the highest United Nations court in The Hague for disputes between states, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
It was unclear on precisely what grounds the case was being brought to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). A court official could not immediately be reached for comment.
“Ukraine has submitted its application against Russia to the ICJ,” Zelenskyy said on Twitter on Sunday.
But the international community has roundly condemned the invasion as a flagrant breach of international law, and many Ukrainian civilians have volunteered to defend their country.