The Kremlin reported that Putin visited captured Mariupol. This is the first trip of the President of the Russian Federation to the Donbass after the invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a working visit to the annexed Ukrainian city of Mariupol. This was reported with reference to the Kremlin press service. CASS, RIA News, Interfax and others editions of the Kremlin swimming pool. Later note on this subject appeared and on the Kremlin website.

“Putin traveled to Mariupol by helicopter. Driving a car, he toured several parts of the city, examined the coastline in the yacht club area, the theater building, memorable places,” the official said. Kremlin press service.

On the trip, Putin was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, who “reported in detail to the President on the progress of construction and restoration work in the city and its surroundings.”

In the Nevsky microdistrict, Putin reportedly talked to local residents and went to visit one of the families. RIA Novosti writes that Putin visited “Restored Philharmonic” And Priazovsky Technical University.

The agency has also published several Pictures And video, which would show Putin’s trip to Mariupol. In one of the clips, the president drives a car down a night street, then enters a room with a stage and a pulpit. Meduza is unable to quickly determine when or where these images were filmed.

“In addition, Vladimir Putin held a meeting at the command post in Rostov-on-Don. The Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces listened to the reports of the Chief of Staff – First Deputy Minister of Defense Valeria Gerasimova and a number of military leaders,” the Kremlin said. RIA News complaintsthat Putin’s visit to Rostov-on-Don took place after a trip to Mariupol.

Vladimir Putin’s current visit to Mariupol is the Russian president’s first trip to Donbass after the start of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. It is also Putin’s first visit to the regions of Ukraine that Russia annexed in the fall of 2022.

The Russian army captured Mariupol in the spring of 2022 after a three-month siege. The city came under the control of the Russian army at the end of May, when the last defenders of the Azovstal factory surrendered. According to the legitimate authorities of Mariupol, during the Russian siege, up to 90% of residential buildings were destroyed in the city.

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