Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky arrived in The Hague on Thursday to meet with the heads of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is investigating alleged war crimes by the Russian army in Ukraine and which issued an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin.
The Netherlands is one of the main promoters of a possible special court to judge the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine, and has sent Dutch gendarmes to Ukrainian territory to collect evidence of war crimes under the orders of the International Criminal Court (ICC). , also located in The Hague and investigating alleged war crimes during the invasion.
The ICC issued two arrest warrants in mid-March, one against Russian President Vladimir Putin and the other against Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia's presidential commissioner for Children's Rights, and both were based on the alleged illegal deportation of children and his transfer from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia, which amounts to a war crime.
Zelenski's visit coincides this Thursday, May 4, with Remembrance Day, in memory of the fallen in World War II, a day in which various commemoration events are planned, the most important being in Dam Square in Amsterdam, although the organizers of the event deny that Zelensky will be part of the program.
It is the first time that Zelensky has visited the Netherlands as Ukrainian head of state, and he has traveled frequently abroad in recent months, including the United Kingdom, France and Poland, his visit to the United States last December being his first trip abroad. since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February of last year.
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