The day after the arrest warrant was issued by the International Court of Justice, Russian President Vladimir Putin suddenly arrived on a visit to Maripol, an annexed region of Ukraine.
Russian state TV channel released footage of Putin’s visit to the city of Maripol late at night, in which the Russian president is seen meeting with local citizens.
Officially released footage shows Putin driving with his deputy prime minister in the dead of night through the streets of Mariupol, where they are being briefed on rebuilding houses, bridges, hospitals and roads. has been
Putin also interacted with local citizens during his visit to Maripol, he asked a woman, “Do you live here?” Do you like this city? To which the lady replies that I love this city, it’s a little piece of heaven for us, after which the lady thanks Putin by holding his hand.
The Russian President has not issued an official statement on the issuance of the arrest warrant by the International Court of Justice, however, he has declared the decision legally invalid and has called the questions raised by the International Court provocative and unacceptable. .
This is Putin’s first visit so close to the battlefront since Russian forces took control of the Ukrainian region of Donetsk.
Russian forces attacked Maripol in February last year, Putin was told that the city’s population is close to 5 million and people are now returning to their homes, with the city’s central area to be rehabilitated by the end of this year. The work will be completed.
There was no reaction from Ukraine on this sudden visit of the Russian President.