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International Court of Justice will Hold Public Hearings on Allegations of Genocide in Ukraine

Ukraine “emphatically denies that any such genocide has occurred”
© Associated Press/Alexander Zemlianichenko
© Associated Press/Alexander Zemlianichenko

The International Court of Justice (IJC) will hold public hearings next week on allegations of genocide in Ukraine, as Russia continues its invasion of the country.

In a statement on Tuesday, the IJC said it will hold public hearings on March 7 and March 8 “concerning Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation).”

March 7 will feature the oral argument of Ukraine, and March 8 will be for the Russian Federation. The proceedings will take place at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Sunday that Ukraine had submitted an application against Russia to the IJC. 

“Russia must be held accountable for manipulating the notion of genocide to justify aggression,” Zelensky wrote in a tweet.

In the application, filed on Saturday, Ukraine said Russia “falsely claimed that acts of genocide have occurred” in the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, both of which Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized as independent last week.

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