Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, which in March issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for suspected deportation of children from Ukraine.
Zelenskiy, dressed in his trademark khaki, was welcomed at the court by its president, judge Piotr Hofmanski.
Russia, which is not a member of the ICC and rejects its jurisdiction, denies committing atrocities during its conflict with Ukraine, which it terms a “special military operation”.
In the Netherlands, Ukrainian President was also expected to meet with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and to visit the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which issued an arrest warrant for President Vladimir V. Putin and a Russian official for war crimes in March.
The visit, which had not been reported until hours before his arrival, was Zelenskiy’s first in-person visit to the Netherlands as the leader of Ukraine.
Zelenskiy addressed the Dutch House of Representatives over video in March 2022, when he asked lawmakers to stop doing business with Russia and to send more munitions.