Russia-Ukraine battle information: Putin visits Crimea, Mariupol; Xi heads to Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a shock go to to Mariupol, a front-line metropolis devastated final 12 months in a lethal Russian siege, ignoring an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court over alleged battle crimes in Ukraine. It was his second foray of the weekend into occupied areas, which the Kremlin press service on Sunday described as a “working trip.” The Kremlin additionally mentioned in a press release that Putin toured the Black Sea port metropolis of Sevastopol in Crimea on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of Russia’s unlawful 2014 annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.

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