At the United Nations International Court in the Hague, the representative of Ukraine, Dr. Harold Hongju Koh Accused Russia of delivering weapons to militants in the Donbas, whose terrorist attacks caused casualties among civilians.
He commented on the reaction to accusations from the representative of the Russian Federation Samuel Wordsworth, being outraged at the blatant fact that the Russian defendant did not deny arms supplies to the militants of Donbas.
“He suggested that if there is an armed conflict, then there can not be terrorism ... Terrorism means attacks on civilians. The Russian Federation pledged to prevent the financing of terrorism," Koh said.
He mentioned that the pro-Russian terrorists in the Donbas use the air defense missile systems BUK and rocket launcher Grad systems of Russian production, which were used to down the Malaysian plane MH-17 and in shelling the cities of Mariupol, Kramatorsk and Avdiivka, respectively. As a result of all these terrorist attacks, civilians were killed.
“Even in times of conflict, civilians who live far from the conflict zone and do not take an active part in it can become victims of terrorist attacks. While LPR and DPR are involved in military operations with the Ukrainian army, this in no way releases Russia from responsibility under the Convention (on combating the financing of terrorism) since it provides missiles to militants who then shoot them to kill civilians in the areas far from the zone of operations.”
Earlier, during the hearings on the suit of Ukraine against Russia in the UN International Court on March 8, the Head of the Ukrainian delegation Elena Zerkal stated that the civilian population in the East of Ukraine and in the occupied Crimea requires immediate protection at the level of the International Court of Justice.
On January 16, 2017, Ukraine filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice to bring the Russian Federation to justice for violating the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The materials of the case include a tragedy of Malaysian Boeing, shelling of residential areas of Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Volnovakha, attacks in Kharkov and other Ukrainian cities. Separately requests were submitted concerning the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians rights violations in the occupied Crimea.