Russian President Vladimir Putin and Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin have made a surprise visit to the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
Putin visits Mariupol after ICC arrest warrant
A day after being accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court, President Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol, scene of some of the worst devastation of his year-old invasion.
State television showed extended footage of Putin being shown around the city on Saturday night, meeting rehoused residents and being briefed on reconstruction efforts by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin.
The port city of Mariupol became known around the world as a byword for death and destruction as much of it was reduced to ruins in the first months of the war, eventually falling to Russian forces in May.
Hundreds were killed in the bombing of a theatre where families with children were sheltering.