Russia-Ukraine war live: Putin visits Mariupol in first trip to occupied eastern Ukraine
Putin flew in by helicopter and then drove a car in several districts of the city – the site of one of the war’s bloodiest battles
- What we know on day 389 of the Russia-Ukraine war
Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Mariupol, Russian state media reported on Sunday, in what would be the Kremlin leader’s first trip to the Russian-occupied territories of eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region since the start of the war.
Reuters reported that the visit came after Putin travelled to Crimea on Saturday in an unannounced visit to mark the ninth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine, and just two days after the international criminal court (ICC) issued a warrant for his arrest.Continue reading…