On March 1, 2022, the European Court of Human Rights issued a decision ordering the Russian Federation to stop attacks and bombings of civilian objects in Ukraine.
For the first time in a situation of war between two states parties to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Bilateral Conflict, the European Court of Human Rights in its ruling on Russia indicated measures to ensure only one party.
In the decision, the Court notes that it is closely monitoring Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. The court not only banned Russia from using weapons against civilian targets, but fully reproduced Ukraine’s basic demand in its statement.
The Ukrainian side has no hope that Russia will comply with these requirements. At the same time, any attack on civilian infrastructure will now be a direct violation of the ECtHR’s provisions, which will make it much easier to prove violations and recover compensation after Ukraine’s victory.