Print Edition - 2017-03-08  |  World News Digest

Russia denies Kiev’s ‘terrorism’ claims

- Agencies, THE HAGUE

Mar 8, 2017-

Russia hit back on Tuesday at claims of “sponsoring terrorism” in war-torn eastern Ukraine, dismissing Kiev’s accusations it is breaking treaties by supporting pro-Moscow rebels as “neither factual nor legal”. “The Russian Federation complies fully with its obligations under (the) treaties that are now relied upon by Ukraine,” in a case before the UN’s top International Court of Justice, Moscow’s representative said. “We see neither a legal nor factual basis” for the measures asked for by Ukraine, Russian foreign ministry legal director Roman Kolodkin told the court in The Hague. Ukraine on Monday urged the ICJ to order emergency measures to bring stability to its war-torn east. Nearly three years of conflict have claimed about 10,000 lives in eastern Ukraine—and led to Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s southern peninsula of Crimea in 2014.

Published: 08-03-2017 08:27

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