Vladimir Putin visited the bombed-out Ukrainian city of Mariupol, his first visit to a captured area since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. He let the Kremlin know, after the international arrest warrant issued for the Russian president.
According to the Kremlin’s press office, the president arrived in the city by helicopter and toured the neighborhoods by car, a car he drove himself, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnulin, who briefed him on the progress of the reconstruction and restoration works.
The two – the Kremlin press service announced in great detail – discussed the construction of new residential microdistricts, new social and educational structures, infrastructure for housing and municipal services and medical institutions. The head of state also visited the coast of the city “in the area of the yacht club and the theater building, memorable places in the city”.
Shortly thereafter, the Russian president boarded a helicopter bound for Rostov-on-Don.