March 3, 2023 Russia-Ukraine news


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met top officials from the Netherlands and Estonia in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Friday, his office said in a statement.

Zelensky expressed gratitude for the “significant defense, financial, energy and legal support” both countries have provided since the start of the Russian 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 frontline and the needs of the Ukrainian army. He stressed the need for more, prompt help from partners, the statement said.

Zelensky also said he was grateful for the Dutch government’s decision to establish an international center in The Hauge to investigate the crime of aggression against Ukraine.

Zelensky also outlined Kyiv’s hopes for the 2023 NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, and talks on Ukraine’s accession to the EU “by the end of the year,” the statement said.

Estonia: Speaking to Urmas Reinsalu, Estonia’s foreign minister, Zelensky said that “bringing to justice all those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Ukrainian people is a fundamental issue for our country”, and is an important part of the peace formula proposed by Ukraine, the statement said.

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 army and the support to Ukrainians who have left for Estonia because of the war,” Zelensky said.

“The parties stressed the importance of further increasing sanctions pressure on Russia,” Zelensky’s office added.

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