Will Ukraine get a fairytale ending in The Hague?

06 February 2017 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Ukraine and Russia will face off before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from March 6 to 9 over so-called provisional measures against Russia to “prevent further aggravation or extension of the disputes between the parties” requested by Ukraine. Among the measures demanded by Kiev is that Russia cracks down on border security to prevent acts of terrorism financing, including the supply of weapons to pro-Russian militias.  

Wreckage recovery of flight MH17 November 2014 (Photo: Dutch Ministry of Defence/ Dutch Safety Board)
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Wreckage recovery of flight MH17 November 2014 (Photo: Dutch Ministry of Defence/ Dutch Safety Board)

In their filing to the UN's highest court of January 16, Ukraine specifically names the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as an alleged example of how Russia funded terrorist attacks by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine breaching their obligations under the 2002 Terrorism Financing Convention. Ukraine's claim before the ICJ could see the first time an international court is asked to rule on the circumstances of the 2014 attack on MH17 which left 298 people dead. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is also opened a preliminary examination in 2014 into events in Ukraine and especially the Crimea crisis but has not launched an official investigation yet. 

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