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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was within the Netherlands on Thursday for a shock go to to town that’s house to the Worldwide Legal Court docket, which has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Zelenskyy’s go to to The Hague, which hosts the ICC and the United Nations’ prime judicial organ, the Worldwide Court docket of Justice, got here a day after he denied that Ukrainian forces have been accountable for what the Kremlin referred to as an try to assassinate Putin in a drone attack.

On a go to to Helsinki on Wednesday, Zelenskyy instructed reporters: “We didn’t assault Putin. We depart it to (the) tribunal.”

Whereas Zelenskyy’s go to to the ICC was not formally confirmed, the courtroom’s workers on Thursday raised a Ukrainian flag subsequent to its personal flag exterior the constructing.

Ukraine’s Air Drive Command stated early Thursday that Russian forces attacked a number of Ukrainian areas in a single day with Iranian-made drones. Air raid sirens sounded throughout Ukraine in a single day and explosions have been reported within the southern metropolis of Odesa and the capital, Kyiv.

Ukraine’s navy stated that in Odesa, three drones — inscribed “for Moscow” and “for the Kremlin,” referencing an alleged Ukrainian assault on Wednesday — hit a dorm of an academic facility, however the fireplace was shortly put out and there have been no casualties. Kyiv was focused with drones and missiles, its navy administration stated, in what’s a 3rd airborne assault on the capital in 4 days. All of them have been shot down.

Towards that backdrop of violence, Zelenskyy is visiting The Hague, which calls itself the worldwide metropolis of peace and justice.

The ICC stated in a March 18 assertion that Putin “is allegedly accountable for the struggle crime of illegal deportation of (youngsters) and that of illegal switch of (youngsters) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”

However the prospect of Putin being despatched to The Hague is a distant one because the courtroom doesn’t have a police drive to execute warrants and the Russian president is unlikely to journey to any of the ICC’s 123 member states which can be underneath an obligation to arrest him if they will.

ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan has made repeated visits to Ukraine and is establishing an workplace in Kyiv to facilitate his ongoing investigations within the nation.

Nonetheless, the ICC doesn’t have jurisdiction to prosecute Putin for the crime of aggression — the illegal invasion of one other sovereign nation. The Dutch authorities has provided to host a court that could be established to prosecute the crime of aggression and an workplace is being established to assemble proof.

The brand new Worldwide Middle for Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression ought to be operational by summer time, the European Union’s judicial cooperation company, Eurojust, stated in February.

Zelenskyy’s go to to The Hague got here as questions continued to swirl round Russia’s declare that it foiled an assault by Ukrainian drones on the Kremlin early Wednesday. Moscow branded it an unsuccessful assassination try in opposition to Putin and promised retaliation for what it termed a “terrorist” act.

Air raid sirens went off in Kyiv in a single day, however there have been no quick studies of any airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital.

Putin wasn’t within the Kremlin on the time and was at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence exterior Moscow, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov instructed Russia’s state information company RIA Novosti.

There was no impartial verification of the purported assault, which Russia authorities stated occurred in a single day however offered no proof to help it. Questions additionally arose as to why it took the Kremlin hours to report the incident and why movies of it additionally surfaced later within the day.

White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated the U.S. was “unable to substantiate the authenticity” of Russia’s claims of a Ukrainian assault on Moscow. Requested whether or not the U.S. believed Putin was a lawful goal of any potential Ukrainian strike, Jean-Pierre stated that because the begin of the battle, the U.S. was “not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike past its border.”

Requested whether or not the U.S. was involved that the accusation might need been a false flag operation by Russia to function a pretext for extra aggressive navy motion on Ukraine, Jean-Pierre stated she didn’t need to speculate, however added, “Clearly Russia has a historical past of doing issues like this.”

The Netherlands has been a powerful supporter of the Ukrainian struggle effort since Russia’s invasion final 12 months. Amongst navy tools Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s authorities has promised are 14 fashionable Leopard 2 tanks it’s shopping for along with Denmark. They’re anticipated to be delivered subsequent 12 months. The Netherlands additionally joined forces with Germany and Denmark to purchase no less than 100 older Leopard 1 tanks for Ukraine.

Amongst different navy {hardware}, it additionally despatched two Patriot air protection missile techniques and promised two naval minehunter ships in addition to sending navy forensic consultants to help struggle crime investigations. Zelenskyy’s go to got here on the day the Dutch bear in mind their struggle useless.

Observe AP’s protection of the struggle in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine