Explosions rocked several cities in Ukraine, including Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Odesa, one day after Russia accused Ukraine of launching a drone attack on the Kremlin.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to give a speech in The Hague and visit the International Criminal Court during his unplanned trip to the Netherlands.
The International Criminal Court is investigating Russia’s alleged war crimes in Ukraine. However, the timing of the air strikes is unrelated to Zelensky’s visit to the Netherlands.
Russia has accused Ukraine of trying to assassinate President Vladimir Putin, but Zelensky denied the allegations, stating that his country had nothing to do with the attack.
On Wednesday, he said: “We don’t attack Putin or Moscow. We fight on our territory. We are defending our villages and cities.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise visit to Finland, where he met with several Nordic leaders. He then traveled to the Netherlands to meet with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, where they were expected to discuss Ukraine’s demands for more military support, including long-range weapons and fighter jets.
Russia has accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on the Kremlin and has threatened retaliation. Ukrainian officials deny the accusations, and some commentators suggest that Russia itself may have staged the attack to mobilize its domestic audience and justify a wider societal mobilization.
There have been reports of explosions and air raids in various Ukrainian cities, as well as a drone attack on an oil refinery in southern Russia.