The start of hearings at the ICJ on the indication of provisional measures within the case of Ukraine v. Russian Federation gives a chance to prevent further deterioration of the situation in Avdiyivka and Crimea, according to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.
“March 6, the International Court of Justice starts to hold public hearings on the indication of provisional measures within the framework of the case Ukraine v. Russian Federation. The lawsuit was filed at the International Court of Justice on January 16, 2017 in order to hold Russia responsible for supporting terrorism in eastern Ukraine and discrimination against ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea. The provisional measures will allow the Court to prevent the deterioration of the situation, and, most importantly, to protect the civilian population during the period required for examination of the case,” the statement says.
In the request for indication of provisional measures Ukraine asks the ICJ to oblige the Russian Federation to stop to violate the international law. In particular, Ukraine appeals to the Court with the motion to oblige the Russian Federation to ensure effective control over Ukraine-Russia border, to stop supplying weapons to Ukraine, to stop supporting illegal armed groups which inflict damage to the civilian population of Ukraine, as well as to refrain from any further acts of ethnic discrimination in the occupied Crimea.
The hearings on indication of provisional measures are expected to last four days. Ukraine will present arguments on Monday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 8. The Russian Federation will present its arguments on Tuesday, March 7, and on Thursday, March 9. The hearings will start at 11:00 (Kyiv time).
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 100 times in the past 24 hours with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“The invaders repeatedly opened fire from tanks on Butivka coal mine and on the villages of Kam’ianka and Pisky. Mortars of various calibers, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were used to shell the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Maiorsk, Novhorodske, Troyitske, Nevelske, Opytne, Pisky, and Zaitseve. The militants also used infantry fighting vehicles to attack the village of Luhanske. Additionally, a sniper was active in Nevelske,” the report says.
In the Mariupol sector, the occupation forces fired mortars and heavy machine guns on the villages of Talakivka, Hnutove, Vodiane, Pavlopil, and Shyrokyne. “Enemy infantry fighting vehicles and tanks were used to attack Vodiane and Shyrokyne, and the town of Mar’inka. In addition, anti-tank missile systems were used to shell the Ukrainian positions in Shyrokyne, while rocket-propelled grenades were fired on the village of Taramchuk.
In the Luhansk sector, the Russian occupation forces used banned 120mm mortars to shell the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka, Krymske, and Bohuslavske. The occupiers also used grenade launchers and small arms in the town of Popasna, and the villages of Novozvanivka, Troyitske, and Stanytsia Luhanska,” the headquarters said.
The Defense Ministry of Canada sent 200 military instructors to Ukraine to train Ukrainian soldiers. This was announced by the Defense Minister of Canada Harjit Singh Sajjan, Joinfo.com reports with reference to 112 Ukraine TV channel.
These instructors will replace the trainers who are currently training Ukrainian officers on Yavorivskyi and Kamianets-Podilskyi military training grounds, according to Harjit Sajjan.
“In cooperation with our allies, Canada is proud to be helping Ukraine and its compliance with obligation to conduct this important training mission,” Sajjan added.
200 Edmonton soldiers were ready to deploy to Ukraine.
Canada, Britain and the United States have had military trainers in Ukraine since the summer of 2015, after Russia annexed Crimea and began supporting separatist forces in Ukraine’s Donbas region.
The Canadians have taught about 2,600 Ukrainian troops the basics of soldiering, such as how to use their weapons and move as a unit, plus more advanced skills, such as bomb disposal and medical training.
Ukrainian and Canadian officials say those skills have been desperately needed given the amount of support Russia has provided to the rebels operating in the Donbas.