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Ukraine Takes Russia to Human Rights Court Over War Crimes

A girl rides her bicycle between the debris of destroyed homes after a strike in the city of Dobropillya, the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, on June 15. 

A girl rides her bicycle between the debris of destroyed homes after a strike in the city of Dobropillya, the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, on June 15. 

Photographer: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine is seeking $80 billion in compensation from Russia over war crimes inflicted during its invasion of the country, kick starting its legal battle at Europe’s human rights court. 

The country’s justice ministry filed the first round of submissions against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, according to a Thursday statement from their lawyers, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.