Kiev's claims before the United Nations' highest court alleging that Russia participated in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine are groundless, Russia's lawyer said Tuesday.
There is no legal basis or evidence for the allegations, lawyer Roman Kolodkin told the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Ukraine has accused Russia of allegedly providing weapons and funding to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in violation of the UN convention against financing terrorism.
Kolodkin attested that it is an internal armed conflict, not terrorism. He demanded that the court dismiss the allegations.
A pro-Russian separatist rebellion erupted in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border, three years ago in response to Ukraine ousting its pro-Russian president amid mass protests calling for closer ties with the West.
Russia, which denounced the ouster as a Western-backed coup, adamantly maintains that, while it backs the cause of the separatist groups battling the Ukrainian military and has provided humanitarian aid, it has not supplied weapons to the separatists. Ukraine has accused Russia of waging a proxy war.