UN court says it has jurisdiction in Ukraine-Russia case

epa07250257 The Russian flag, seen through barbed wire, flies over the Russian Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, 27 December 2018, during a protest denouncing the disappearance of Crimean activists. The protesters demand for an inquiry into the disappearance of fifteen Crimean Tatars and pro-Ukrainian activists who went missing since the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014. They accuse Russian authorities of procrastinating and blocking an inquiry into the cases. EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

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In a legal victory for Kiev, the United Nations’ highest court ruled Friday that it has jurisdiction in a case brought by Ukraine alleging that Russia breached treaties on terrorist financing and racial discrimination in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

The decision by the International Court of Justice means the case, which opened a new legal front in the strained relationship between Russia and Ukraine, will go ahead.

It likely will take many months or years to settle.

Via AP

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