Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited Ukrainian occupied city Mariupol on his first trip since a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Russian state news agencies reported today that he was in the city which became a worldwide symbol of defiance after outgunned and outmanned Ukrainian forces held out in a steel mill there for nearly three months before Moscow finally took control of it in May.
Yesterday Putin travelled to Crimea, a short distance south-west of Mariupol, to mark the ninth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula’s annexation from Ukraine.
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