(The Hague) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday evening for an unexpected visit, including a visit to the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Dutch news agency ANP.
Mr Zelensky, who is on his first visit to the Netherlands, landed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol after attending a Nordic summit in Helsinki, according to the ANP.
The agency released several photos, including one of an aircraft, claiming it is the Dutch government plane likely carrying the Ukrainian president.
According to the ANP, Mr. Zelensky is due to visit the International Criminal Court (ICC), which sits in The Hague, on Thursday and issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin in March.
The Ukrainian president is expected to deliver a speech in the same city, on the same day, titled “No peace without justice for Ukraine,” according to public broadcaster NOS.
A meeting with Dutch MPs is planned as well as an interview with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the ANP reported, citing unnamed sources.
The Netherlands has been supporting Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February 2022. The country notably announced last month that it was going to buy for 165 million euros with Denmark 14 Leopard 2 tanks in order to donate them to Kyiv, which calls for more heavy weapons.
Zelensky made a surprise visit to Finland on Wednesday, where he stressed that this year, in which he promised further offensives against the Russian aggressor, would be “decisive for Ukraine and Europe” in the face of to Russia.
The president also denied any Ukrainian attack targeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, after Moscow claimed to have shot down two drones launched against the Kremlin compound in Moscow.
Mr. Zelensky also participated in a Nordic Summit in Helsinki with the Prime Ministers of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.
The Dutch government plane flew from a Polish airport to the Finnish capital on Wednesday, according to NOS.