The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, made an unplanned visit to the city of Mariupol, as his first trip to the territory of the Ukrainian region of Donetsk, which has been under Russian occupation since the beginning of the war.
Putin visiting the city of Mariupol
The visit follows Putin’s unannounced trip to Crimea on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of Russia’s annexation and just two days after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest.
Mariupol, which fell into Russian hands last year after one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the war, was Russia’s first major victory. By visiting Mariupol, Putin came closest to the front lines of the struggle. He drove around the city, visited several sites and talked to residents.
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