The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds a public hearing in the case Ukraine v. Russian Federation, on March 6, 2017 in the Hague. / AFP / ANP / Bas Czerwinski
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Russia hit back Tuesday at claims it is "sponsoring terrorism" in war-torn eastern Ukraine, dismissing as "neither factual nor legal" Kiev's contention that it is breaking its treaties by supporting pro-Moscow rebels.Ukraine on Monday urged the ICJ to order emergency measures to bring stability to its eastern regions.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 lodged its case at the ICJ in mid-January, saying it had protested for several years against Moscow's alleged financing of pro-Russian separatist rebels battling Ukrainian government forces.Kiev has asked the court – which rules in disputes between countries – to order Moscow to stop funnelling money, arms and people into eastern Ukraine.Ukraine also accuses Moscow of discriminating against non-Russian minorities in Crimea.
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