Ukraine urges United Nations judges to order Russian Federation to stop funding separatists

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The Ukrainian government is asking the International Court of Justice, the United Nations' highest court, to fine Russian Federation for "intervening militarily in Ukraine, financing acts of terrorism, and violating the human rights of millions of Ukraine's citizens".

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague was due on March 6 to hear Ukraine's case seeking a legal halt to Moscow's support for pro-Russian rebels in Donbas and Crimea. "Thousands of innocent Ukrainians have already suffered deadly attacks", she said. "I want the world to understand that there wasn't any annexation", said Sevastopol resident Lada Litvak.

The AFP report also said that Kiev will seek compensation for the impact the nearly three-year conflict has had on the civilian population.

Moscow has long denied arming the rebels and has said the case is motivated only "by political interests".

In their opening remarks, lawyers for Ukraine have accused Russian Federation of making it "impossible for Ukrainian citizens to feel safe anywhere in their country".

Ukraine has accused Russia of allegedly providing weapons and funding to pro- Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in violation of the United Nations convention against financing terrorism.

Kiev says Moscow has "largely failed" to respond to its efforts to resolve the dispute and that "further negotiations would be futile".

"Russia must stop the flow of weapons and assistance across its borders to groups that launch terrorist attacks against civilians", said Harold Hongju Koh, another of Kiev's representatives.

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It did not specify what measures it would seek, and added that the sanctions would be subject to approval by President Petro Poroshenko. "The truth is stronger than weapons!" he wrote.

"The talks came amid an upsurge in violence, which killed 35 people in early February, centered around the government-held town of Avdiivka near rebel bastion Donetsk", AFP reported.

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