President Putin during a tour of his troops (Archive – Associated Press)
Russia and Ukraine
For the first time since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the Russian president visited eastern Ukraine and met with senior leaders of the Russian military operation.
The Kremlin made the announcement on Sunday for the first time since the start of Russian military operations in Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin He visited the Russian-held city of Mariupol in the Donbass.
The Kremlin press office added that the Russian president toured the city’s many facilities and spoke with local residents, noting that President Putin arrived in Mariupol by helicopter and then drove a car through several parts of the city. , and the Russian president spoke in the neighborhood. “Nevsky” with the townspeople, and at the invitation of one of the families, Putin went to his house.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Kosnulin briefed the President in detail on the progress of construction and reconstruction works in the city and its suburbs.
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The Kremlin press office pointed out that “in particular, there was talk of infrastructure for new small residential areas, social and educational facilities, communal services and medical institutions.”
And the press service added, “The head of state also inspected the beach in Mariupol, the yacht club, the theater building and other parts of the city.
Putin also held a meeting in “Rostov-on-Don” at the command center of special military operations.
It is noteworthy that Moscow has been in control of Mariupol since May last year.
The International Criminal Court said this on Friday. Arrest warrant against Russian president for war crimes In Ukraine.
The court said the arrest warrant was issued “for the alleged war crime of illegal extradition from the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation” since the beginning of the invasion.
According to Kyiv, more than 16,000 Ukrainian children have been deported to Russia since the military operation began on February 24, 2022, and many of them are housed in institutions and care homes.
The Kremlin rejected the court’s decision, describing it as “null and void” because Russia is not a party to the International Criminal Court.
On the other hand, war-torn Ukraine welcomed the court’s announcement, with its president Volodymyr Zelensky calling the decision a “historic verdict”.
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