The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Russia to immediately suspend its military action in Ukraine.
By 13-2 votes, the court ordered that the Russian Federation should immediately suspend military operations that it commenced on February 24, although the ICJ’s verdicts are binding, whether Moscow will abide is in question.
The ruling by the court is the first such verdict handed by an international court since the war in Ukraine began on February 24.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the news on Twitter, saying that “Ukraine gained a complete victory in its case against Russia at the International Court of Justice. The ICJ ordered to immediately stop the invasion. The order is binding under international law. Russia must comply immediately. Ignoring the order will isolate Russia even further.”
Kyiv accuses Moscow of illegally trying to justify the war by falsely claiming genocide in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The Council of Europe has also expelled Russia with immediate effect after 26 years of membership because of the Ukraine war.
The Committee of Ministers took the decision in a special session, the rights body announced in the French city of Strasbourg yesterday.
Earlier, Russia had already declared its withdrawal from the Council of Europe after it had taken steps to exclude it.
In a statement on Tuesday evening, the leaders of the Council of Europe once again condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
They expressed their solidarity with the Russian people, who continue to belong to the European family and share its values.
The body said it would continue to stand by Ukraine in the fight against the aggressor.