The International Court of Justice of the United Nations in The Hague will rule on Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia in connection with the Russian military operation on March 16, the court said in a statement.

“On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, the International Court of Justice, the main judicial body of the United Nations, will make its decision on Ukraine’s request for interim measures in a case concerning allegations of genocide in accordance with the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,” the court said in a statement.

The UN International Court of Justice in The Hague on March 7 began hearings on the claim of Ukraine, which demands to take “temporary measures” to stop the Russian military operation. The Russian delegation was not present at the opening of the meeting in The Hague, during the live broadcast, empty seats intended for Russian representatives were shown. As the chairman of the court said at the beginning of the hearing, “by a letter dated March 5, 2022, the Russian ambassador to the Netherlands, Alexander Shulgin, notified that the Russian authorities do not intend to participate in oral procedures.” She added that the court regrets Russia’s non-participation.

Earlier, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that Russia refrained from participating in the meeting of the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague, initiated by Ukraine, due to the obvious absurdity of Kyiv’s claim, and also because Moscow was not given enough times to form a response position. Zakharova added that the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands sent a letter explaining its position and requesting that the case be removed from the court’s list.