Putin ‘makes shock visit to occupied Ukrainian city Mariupol’ days after arrest warrant issued over alleged war crimes
VLADIMIR Putin has made a shock visit to the occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol, according to Russian state media.
It comes just two days after an arrest warrant was issued for the tyrant over alleged war crimes in Ukraine.
State media reported Putin made a “working trip” to the war-ravaged port city of Mariupol, his first visit to the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine’s Donbas region since the conflict began.
The Russian leader annexed Mariupol last September, months after he unleashed his troops into Ukraine in February 2022.
Putin flew into the city by helicopter, Russian news agencies reported citing the Kremlin.
He travelled around several districts of the city, making stops and talking to residents.
It is the closest to the front lines Putin has been since the year-long war began.
On Saturday, Putin made an appearance in the disputed Ukrainian territory of Crimea, which was illegally annexed by Putin‘s forces in 2014.
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