Putin Visits Mariupol, Flaunts Arrest Warrant

The visit comes two days after an international court issued a warrant for Putin's arrest on war crimes charges.

  • 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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