The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the cases presented before them by Ukraine and the Netherlands against Russia, over human rights violations in the two breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and the shooting down of Flight MH-17, were admissible.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was ”sincerely grateful” to Germany and Chancellor Olaf Scholz for Berlin's “important and timely” decision to provide Kyiv with battle tanks.
The first information about Germany’s decision surfaced on Tuesday evening, given to “Der Spiegel” daily by a source familiar with the matter. Later that evening Christian Dürr, parliamentary leader of the co-governing Free Democrats (FDP), was quoted by the t-online news portal saying:
German main battle tanks, further broadening of defense support & training missions, green light for partners to supply similar weapons. Just heard about these important & timely decisions in a call with @OlafScholz. Sincerely grateful to the Chancellor and all our friends in 🇩🇪.— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) January 25, 2023
The statement further mentioned that training of Ukrainian troops in Germany will begin soon, and that Germany will also provide logistics and ammunition.
⚡️Bloomberg: Scholz confirms delivery of 14 Leopard tanks to Ukraine, green light for other nations to deliver. pic.twitter.com/7u8oGpsvpg— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) January 25, 2023
Germany’s decision paves the way for other countries such as Poland, Spain and Norway to supply their stocks of Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
Thank you @Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz. The decision to send Leopards to Ukraine is a big step towards stopping Russia. Together we are stronger.— Mateusz Morawiecki (@MorawieckiM) January 25, 2023
In November, a Dutch court found three men, two Russians and a Ukrainian, guilty of murder in absentia for their part in the downing of MH-17. The court concluded that the missile had been fired deliberately to bring the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 down.
The Kremlin has condemned that verdict as scandalous and politically motivated, and repeatedly denied any involvement in the destruction of the aircraft, even going so far as to accuse Ukrainians of being the guilty party.
The ECHR ruling also opens the doors to at least three other cases by the Ukrainian state against Russia, which had been put on hold pending the decision on jurisdiction.
The two Ukrainian cases, which date from 2014, pertaining to what Kyiv says were administrative practices by Russia in eastern Ukraine in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as the abduction of three groups of Ukrainian orphan children and children without parental care, and a number of adults accompanying them.
All were returned home one day or, in the third case, five days after their abduction, the ECHR said.