Ukraine filed a lawsuit at the I.C. (International Court) accusing Moscow of planning genocide and asking the International Court to intervene to stop the invasion and ordered Russia to pay reparations, the court alleged Sunday.
Russia's current invasion of Ukraine is based on its misrepresentation of real acts of genocide in Luhansk and Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine. Russia is now planning genocidal acts of violence in Ukraine.
The court will soon be scheduled a hearing to hear the matter at hand. The decisions made by the court are not to be taken lightly, even when they are legally binding.
If the jurisdiction is proven in the case, it may take years from now to come to a decision. However, there's a decision on the provisional matters of the issue before it can even come to court.
The United Nations Security Council has started investigating a case related to Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and funding of rebels in Ukraine's eastern regions. The ruling was issued in 2017 but, so far, only Russia and Ukraine have been working to implement the Minsk peace agreements created to provide peace to Ukraine's conflict-ravaged eastern regions.
International courts, such as the I.C.C., hold individuals accountable for offenses including war crimes and crimes against humanity, which differ from those the International Court of Justice hears.
I.C.C. prosecutor Karim Khan has warned combatants that he will take jurisdiction over any genocide, crimes against humanity, along with war crimes in Ukraine dating back as early as February 2014.