Zelensky asks the highest court of the UN to stop the Russian invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Sunday that Ukraine had asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hold Russia accountable for its military invasion.

“Ukraine has submitted its petition against Russia to the ICJ. Russia must be held accountable for manipulating the notion of genocide to justify aggression. We demand an urgent decision ordering Russia to immediately cease all military activity and we expect the trials to start next week,” Zelenskyy said. tweeted.

The ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the UN and is intended to settle international legal disputes submitted by States. The court is made up of 15 judges elected for a nine-year term.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, the UN has called for an end to aggression. At an emergency Security Council meeting to discuss Ukraine, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said: “President Putin, in the name of humanity, bring your troops back to Russia “.

On Friday, the United States presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council to denounce the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Of the council’s 15 member states, 11 voted in favor of the resolution, with China, the United Arab Emirates and India abstaining from the vote. However, Russia, a permanent member of the council, vetoed the resolution.

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