The Kremlin press service reported on March 19 that Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the occupied Mariupol in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.
According to Russian media, he flew there by helicopter and toured the city by car, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Husnullin.
It is claimed that Putin “examined the coastline in the area of the yacht club, theater and monuments and spoke to locals in the Nevsky district”.
In a video released by Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti agency, Putin is seen driving with Khushnulin to discuss loans to rebuild the city, then is said to be inspecting the philharmonic hall.
The day before, the press service of the Kremlin announced Putin’s visit to occupied Sevastopol.
Mariupol was captured by Russian troops in May 2022. The capture of the city of Azov was accompanied by heavy shelling of civilian infrastructure and residential buildings. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 95% of all buildings in the city were destroyed.
source: radio svoboda