MADRID, 19 March (EUROPA PRESS) –
Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Mariupol, Ukraine, on Sunday. For “business visit”, “check out some places in town and talk to residents” as reported by TASS.
As the Kremlin press service explained to the Russian news agency, the president would travel by helicopter and drive a vehicle through the streets of the city, making several stops in different places.
He then visited the city of Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border, to meet with the head of the Armed Forces, Valeri Gerasimov, and various military commanders.
On Saturday, the Russian president also surprised the Russian president with his first visit to the Crimean peninsula in more than two years to mark the ninth anniversary of the peninsula’s accession to Russia, which Ukraine and its allies described as an illegal annexation maneuver.
At the beginning of March, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also paid an official visit to Mariupol to examine the infrastructure reconstruction work in the region.
Source: Noti Merica