Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived Thursday at the International Criminal Court in The Hague under heavy security, an AFP correspondent saw.

Kyiv had confirmed that Zelensky will meet with the leadership of the ICC, which has issued an arrest warrant for Russia’s Vladimir Putin over a war crime charge.

The Ukrainian president is also expected to deliver a speech in The Hague entitled “No peace without justice for Ukraine”, according to public broadcaster NOS.

A meeting with Dutch MPs is planned, as well as talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, ANP reported, citing unnamed sources.

The Netherlands has pledged both financial and military support to Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February 2022.


The EU nation announced last month that it would buy 14 Leopard 2 tanks with Denmark to give to Kyiv, which is demanding more heavy weapons.

Zelensky made another surprise visit to Finland on Wednesday, promising that this year would be “decisive” in dealing with Russia.

“I believe that this year will be decisive for us, for Europe, for Ukraine, decisive for victory,” he told reporters during a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto.

Zelensky also denied that Ukraine launched an attack on Putin, after Moscow claimed to have shot down two drones launched against the Kremlin compound.

The Dutch government plane that picked up Zelensky flew on Wednesday from a Polish airport to Helsinki, according to NOS.

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