Roman Kolodkin, head of the legal department of the Russian Foreign Affairs ministry, left, looks at the Ukraine delegation table at the World Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Ukraine urged the U.N.'s top court on Monday to help bring stability to its war-torn east, seeking to convince judges that Russia is "sponsoring terrorism" in Kiev's conflict with separatist pro-Russian rebels.Nearly three years of conflict have claimed about 10,000 lives in eastern Ukraine – and led to Russia's seizure of Ukraine's southern peninsula of Crimea in 2014 – pushing ties between Moscow and the West to their lowest point since the Cold War.Ukraine is asking the ICJ to impose emergency measures ordering Russia to stop its alleged funneling of money, weapons and personnel into the east, and to halt what it called "discrimination" against minorities in Russian-occupied Crimea.Ukraine lodged its case at the ICJ against its former Soviet master in mid-January, saying it had protested for several years against Moscow's alleged financing of separatist rebels battling Ukrainian government forces.
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