Vladimir Putin visits captured Ukrainian city for first time since invading

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a captured Ukrainian metropolis on Sunday for the primary time since invading the nation final 12 months.Putin made an unannounced journey to the coastal metropolis of Mariupol, a metropolis Russian forces decreased to close ruins with artillery fireplace earlier within the invasion. Footage exhibits Putin driving across the metropolis at evening whereas Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin explains the efforts Russian forces are taking to rebuild town.Putin’s regime has touted the rebuilding efforts in Mariupol as proof of its declare to be liberating Ukrainians from fascistic leaders.Mariupol noticed a few of the most dramatic and intense combating of the early months of Russia’s invasion, with Ukrainian forces holding out in a metal manufacturing facility after Russian forces had all however taken town. Ukraine’s troopers ultimately surrendered in Might.WHAT’S THE ICC THAT ISSUED PUTIN’S ARREST WARRANT AND WHAT CONSEQUENCES DOES HE FACE? Russian President Vladimir Putin waves to native residents after visiting their new flat throughout his go to to Mariupol within the Russian-controlled Donetsk area of Ukraine. (Related Press) Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin drive a automobile throughout their go to to Mariupol. Putin traveled to Crimea to mark the ninth anniversary of the Black Sea peninsula’s annexation from Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with native residents throughout his go to to Mariupol.  Putin’s go to got here simply days after the Worldwide Prison Courtroom (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for him over the kidnapping of Ukrainian kids away from their households final week.RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT LAUNCHES ‘LARGEST EVER’ PROBE INTO WAR CRIMESThe ICC warrant has little real-world influence, nonetheless, given the court docket’s restricted jurisdiction. The transfer was instantly dismissed by Moscow.Putin will meet with Chinese language President Xi Jinping in Moscow later this week, with China making an attempt to barter peace phrases between Russia and Ukraine.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has expressed skepticism of China’s entrance to the peacemaking scene however mentioned he’s open to dialogue. Chinese language President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Moscow later this week. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Picture by way of AP)CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPXi is predicted to have a cellphone name with Zelenskyy someday after his go to to Moscow. Such a name could be the primary private interplay for the pair since earlier than Putin’s invasion. Anders Hagstrom is a reporter with Fox Information Digital protecting nationwide politics and main breaking information occasions. Ship tricks to Anders.Hagstrom@Fox.com, or on Twitter: @Hagstrom_Anders.