Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky met with top government officials from the Netherlands and Estonia in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv Friday, his office said in a statement.
Zelensky expressed his gratitude for the “significant defense, financial, energy and legal support” provided by both countries since the beginning of Russia’s invasion, his office said.
The Netherlands: During his meeting with Wopke Hoekstra, the Dutch deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Zelensky outlined the situation on the front line and the needs of Ukraine’s military. He emphasized the need for more, swift aid from partners, according to the statement.
Zelensky also said he was grateful for the Dutch government’s decision to establish an international center in The Hauge investigating the crime of aggression against Ukraine.
Zelensky also outlined Kyiv’s hopes for the 2023 NATO Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, and discussions on Ukraine’s accession to the EU “by the end of the year,” according to the statement.
Estonia: During the conversation with Urmas Reinsalu, Estonia’s minister of foreign affairs, Zelensky said that “bringing to justice all those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide of the Ukrainian people is a fundamental issue for our country,” and is a key component of Ukraine’s proposed peace formula, according to the statement.
Zelensky noted Estonia’s “substantial defense and humanitarian assistance,” his office said.
“Ukraine especially appreciates the medical and rehabilitation assistance to our wounded, the training missions for the Ukrainian military, as well as the support for Ukrainians who left for Estonia because of the war,” Zelensky said.
“The parties emphasized the importance of further increasing sanctions pressure on Russia,” Zelensky’s office added.