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Ukraine war

Indian judge votes against Russia at top United Nations court

Move comes despite Modi government's neutrality on Ukraine invasion

The International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 16 ordered Russia to immediately halt its military operations in Ukraine.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- An Indian judge at the International Court of Justice on Wednesday voted with the majority against Moscow, a decision at odds with India's abstention from a United Nations General Assembly resolution on March 2 condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The United Nations court's order was backed by 13 of its 15 judges and demanded that Russia "immediately suspend" military operations in Ukraine. The two judges voting against were ICJ Vice President Kirill Gevorgian from Russia and Judge Xue Hanqin from China. India's Judge Dalveer Bhandari voted with the majority, which included ICJ President Joan E. Donoghue of the U.S., Judge Ronny Abraham of France and Judge Yuji Iwasawa of Japan.

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