Russia had rejected an order from the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) to stop the invasion of Ukraine, citing its lack of jurisdiction over Russia. The ICJ hearing held last March 16 ruled in favor of the provisional order instructing Russia to halt the invasion of Ukraine through a 13 to 2 vote. The judges who voted in opposition to the order were from Russia and China.

“Today’s ruling of the International Court of Justice requiring the Russian Federation to ‘immediately suspend the military operations’ in Ukraine fully reinforces my repeated appeals for peace,” wrote UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres through a tweet.