Putin Visits Crimea On First Anniversary Of Its Annexation From Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Crimea on Saturday for an unannounced visit to mark the ninth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin was greeted by Russia-appointed Governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, and taken to visit a children’s center and new art school in what the official said was a surprise visit.
State media did not immediately reach for comment from Vladimir Putin, a day after the International Criminal Court said it had issued an arrest warrant for him and charged him with axial war crimes. illegally export hundreds of children from Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin has yet to comment publicly on the move. His spokesman called it “null and void” and said that Russia found the very questions posed by the ICC to be “outrageous and unacceptable”.
Russia occupied Crimea in 2014, eight years before launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine says it will fight to expel Russia from Crimea and all other territory Russia has occupied in the year-long war.
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