The judges of the UN Supreme Court on Wednesday found that Russia violated elements of the UN anti-terrorism treaty, writes Reuters. But they rejected Kiev’s accusation that Moscow was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014. In the same ruling, judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) found that Russia had breached the anti-discrimination treaty by, after annexing the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 did not support the teaching of the Ukrainian language in schools there.
For Kyiv, this is a legal failure. The court rejected Ukraine’s requests to order compensation for both treaty violations and only ordered Russia to comply. The representative of Ukraine, Anton Korynevich, emphasized that the verdict is still important for Kyiv, because it really states that Russia has violated international law.
“This is the first time that Russia has been officially and legally identified as someone who violates international law,” he told reporters after the verdict.
Ukraine filed a case with the ICJ back in 2017, accusing Russia of violating the anti-terrorism treaty by funding pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Court judges said Moscow had breached a UN anti-terrorism treaty by failing to investigate credible claims that some funds were sent from Russia to Ukraine for possible terrorist financing.