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Ukraine prepares documents for trial against Russia in Hague

Pavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, stated that he would go all the way until he proved the guilt of Russia for the murder of civilians and terrorist financing.

Ukraine prepares documents for trial against Russia in Hague

Foreign Ministry of Ukraine is working hard to exhaustively prove that Russia is violating its international obligations. Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, stated it at the Cabinet meeting. "By the decision of the National Security Council, we have begun to work on how those who had committed this crime must finish," Pavlo Klimkin said.

"First, I am talking about the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism adopted in 1999. January 22, we have conducted expert consultations in Minsk. Minsk was the only city the Russian side agreed to meet in. There were given ample evidence that individuals and legal entities of the Russian Federation sponsored terrorism. This convention provides that we must begin with expert advice and provide relevant legal arguments. In case of disagreement of the parties, we can go to arbitration first, and then to the International Court of Justice," Klimkin said.

At the same time, the Minister expressed strong position to go all the way. "We decided to go all the way, we have legal arguments, a clear legal basis. We will not repeat the mistakes of our friends and partners, especially Georgia, who immediately filed a case to the International Court of Justice, and this idea was rejected on formal grounds and reasons. We will prove the guilt of the Russian Federation and obtain relevant decisions of the international courts," Klimkin said.

He also reminded that the next day there would be held a special meeting of the European Council at the level of Foreign Ministers.

"We have provided absolutely ample evidence of who committed this act of terrorism (we are talking about the shelling of Mariupol, which killed 31 people). At the same time I want to emphasize – this is beyond the definition of terrorism, it is a crime against humanity," the minister said.