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Russia's failed "counteroffensive"

The main blow to Russia, however, was the successful holding by Ukraine of the inaugural Summit of the Crimea Platform initiative in Kyiv on August 23, 2021. At the summit, 46 countries rallied around the same idea, demanding that Russia adhere to the norms of international law and cease violations of stability in various regions of the world. In other words, based on the Crimea Platform, a practically new global anti-Putin coalition has formed, demanding that Russia abide by international norms and rules. The participating countries have signed a Joint Declaration calling for the renewal of the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. The Summit participants said "Russia will not be able to legitimize the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol." No kind of alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as an integral part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine, is and will be recognized. To the well-known Russian claims that “the issue of Crimea is a closed issue,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, summing up the summit, replied: “[T]oday is a historic day for Ukraine, without exaggeration,” and that “the issue of Crimea is not closed.”

So Russia’s "counter-offensive" collapsed immediately, even before it could start. At the same time, it is time for the world community to understand that the platforms of international courts as such, the opportunity to get to a court rostrum are being exploited by Russia, first of all, to voice all kinds of nonsensical claims, spread lies, and Russian propaganda narratives, and this is clearly more important for Moscow than being confronted with rather predictable outcome of court hearings. But that is precisely why Russia will continue to sue, under various pretexts, tediously protracting hearings and at the same time actively circulating various fake reports and molding myths about Ukraine across the world.

Ukraine has long viewed Russian lawsuits filed with international courts not as a tool for establishing justice, but as a means of protecting the Kremlin in cases they are bound to lose. Everyone should have long realized that Russia is simply trying to parasitize on international courts. Although, to be honest, Russia needs to forget about “counteroffensives” and think of saving own reputation, which can be totally buried by Ukraine’s multiple well-founded claims.

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