World court orders Russia to cease military operations in Ukraine

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ordered Russia to cease military actions in Ukraine immediately.

The judges said Russia must also ensure that other forces under its control or supported by Moscow should not continue the military operation

“The Russian Federation shall immediately suspend the military operations that it commenced on Feb 24, 2022 on the territory of Ukraine,” judges at the United Nations’ highest court said in a 13-2 decision.

Ukraine filed its case shortly after Russia’s invasion began on Feb. 24, saying that Russia’s apparent justification, that it was acting to prevent a genocide in Eastern Ukraine, was unfounded.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the invasion as a “special military action” needed “to protect people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide”.