Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Aid Minister Riesche Schleinemach were in Kiev on Friday to make a surprise visit to President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The purpose of the visit was to show Dutch solidarity with Ukraine, officials said. Next week marks exactly one year since the Russian army invaded an independent country.
Ukraine is also fighting for the freedom, security and values of other countries.Rutte is saying and quotes Ukrainian leader. “That’s why the Dutch continue to support Ukraine,” he said. “You have to win this, no matter how long it takes.”
Rutte and Schleinemach first laid wreaths on Kiev’s memorial wall before meeting Zelensky and later Prime Minister Denis Schmichal. Rutte’s last visit to Ukraine was in July.
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Dutch military aid to Ukraine has exceeded 1 billion euros, and last month Chancellor Mark Rutte said the Netherlands was ready to buy tanks currently leased from Germany and send them to Ukraine, but other He said he is open to ideas.
The Netherlands will also host the European Commission’s special office for collecting evidence against Russia about crimes committed in Ukraine. The International Center for the Prosecution of the Crimes of Aggression in Ukraine will coordinate the collection of evidence and will be part of the investigation by the European crime agency Eurojust.
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/02/rutte-makes-lightning-visit-to-kyiv-ahead-of-invasion-anniversary/ Rutte makes surprise visit to Kiev ahead of Invasion Day