Putin Visits Mariupol, Flaunts Arrest Warrant

TOPSHOT - Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, at the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Russia President Vladimir Putin late Saturday visited the occupied port city of Mariupol, his first trip to the Ukrainian territory that Moscow illegally annexed this past fall.
  • Putin went to Mariupol after visiting Crimea, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
  • The Russia leader went to Mariupol to mark the ninth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula’s annexation from Ukraine.
  • Putin has yet to comment on the arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court, which the Kremlin says it considers “legally null and void.”

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