Last year, Putin’s soldiers pounded Mariupol to the point where the city was almost completely destroyed.
Sunday marked the first occasion since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a year ago that President of Russia Vladimir Putin traveled to a city that has been occupied by Russian forces.
Putin made a surprise visit to the city of Mariupol, which is located on the shore of Ukraine. Earlier in the invasion, Russian soldiers had brought Mariupol to almost complete ruin with their artillery assault. A video shows Vladimir Putin touring the city late at night in his car whereas Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, narrates the efforts that the Russian military is making to reconstruct the city.
The dictatorship of Vladimir Putin has used the reconstruction operations in Mariupol as evidence to support its claim that it is freeing Ukrainians from the control of fascistic leaders.
Russia’s invasion during the early months, some of the bloodiest and most violent combat took place in Mariupol. At one point, Ukrainian forces were holed up in a steel mill, despite the fact that Russian forces had almost completely gained control of the city. In the end, in the month of May, Ukraine’s forces capitulated.
In the course of his time in Mariupol, which is located in the portion of Donetsk that is under Russian control in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, gave a wave to the people who live nearby after touring their newly constructed apartment.
During their time in Mariupol, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Marat Khusnullin, took a ride in a car together. Putin made the trip to Crimea to commemorate the annexation of the Ukrainian portion of the peninsula that extends into the Black Sea, which occurred nine years ago this month.
Putin’s visit took place just a few days after an arrest warrant was issued for him by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in connection with the kidnapping of Ukrainian children who had been separated from their families the previous week.
However, due to the limited jurisdiction of the court, the warrant issued by the ICC has very little effect on the outside world. Moscow responded swiftly by denying any involvement in the move.
Later on this week, the President of Chinese Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to meet in Moscow in an effort by China to broker peace conditions between Ukraine and Russia.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, has stated that he is ready to talk despite his reservations regarding China’s participation in the process of bringing peace to the region.
Following the conclusion of his trip to Moscow, it is anticipated that Xi will call Zelenskyy at some point. A call of this nature would mark the first time the two have spoken to one another in person before Putin’s invasion of the country.