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UN court rejects Ukraine request to block rebel funding

Top UN Court to Rule on Ukraine's Case Against Russia Top UN court to rule on Ukraine's case against Russia
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 06:53

Kiev is also calling on the court to order Moscow to halt what it calls "racial discrimination" against minority groups in the Russian-occupied Crimea peninsula, particularly against its Tatar population.

"Having considered the terms of the provisional measures requested by Ukraine and the circumstances of the case, the Court finds that the measures to be indicated need not be identical to those requested".

"Both parties shall refrain from any action which might aggravate or extend the dispute before the court or make it more hard to resolve", the court said.

Moscow seized control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and has supported separatists in eastern Ukraine in fighting that has killed more than 9,750 people.

The ICJ did grant another request by Ukraine by ruling Moscow must halt alleged discrimination against ethnic Tatars in Crimea and ensure Ukrainian language education was available in the region annexed by Russian Federation in 2014.

But the judges found that so far Kiev "has not put before the court evidence which affords a sufficient basis" to show that any funds from Moscow were used "to cause death or serious bodily harm to a civilian".

The court took Ukraine's side on allegations of discrimination in Crimea.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May in London.

The ICJ was set up in 1945 to settle disputes between countries in line with global law.

Moscow has denied Kiev's allegations that it has violated both the Terrorism Financing Convention and an worldwide treaty against racial discrimination. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied sending troops or military equipment to eastern Ukraine and was expected to challenge the ICJ's writ in the dispute.

"Ukraine respectfully requests the court to adjudge and declare that the Russian Federation bears global responsibility. for the acts of terrorism committed by its proxies in Ukraine", Kiev wrote in its application to the court, citing the 1999 worldwide Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.

The case in The Hague, which also seeks reparations for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, adds a legal front to the bitter, drawn-out conflict. It said Tiblisi should have tried harder to negotiate with its neighbour before seeking the court's intervention.