Ukraine files a fresh lawsuit against Russia

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KIEV: According to Justice Minister Denys Malyuska, Ukraine has filed a new complaint against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over Moscow’s ongoing illegal invasion of Kiev.

According to a statement from the Justice Ministry, the lawsuit “targets Russia’s egregious human rights violations during the initial phase of the war, from the beginning of Russia’s invasion in the early hours of February 24 until the effective withdrawal of its ground forces from around Kiev and other cities in northern Ukraine on April 7.”

In addition to the Court’s judgments requiring the restoration of the status quo and the total withdrawal of Russian soldiers, Ukraine is asking monetary compensation for these violations, according to the statement.

The Ministry estimates that the damage sustained during the initial Russian military incursion (February 24-April) was at least USD80 billion. “Ukraine’s case aims to stop the pervasive and serious human rights violations brought on by Russia’s military operations.

“In due course, the Court will be invited to find that Russia has been guilty of the most flagrant, serious, and sustained violations of the Convention ever placed before the Court, and to award just satisfaction on an equally unprecedented scale,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement.