Russian President Putin Visits Construction Works in Mariupol
During his first trip to Donbas, the President of Russia was informed by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnulin about the progress of construction and reconstruction works in Mariupol and its surrounding areas. According to the Kremlin press office, the works involve the construction of new housing units, social and educational centers, infrastructures, and medical institutions. However, the duration of the visit was not specified.
Later, President Putin met with the command of the military campaign in Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don, southern Russia. The Head of State listened to reports of the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valeri Gerasimov, and other military chiefs, according to a statement released by the Russian Presidency.
On the ninth anniversary of Crimea’s annexation by Russia, President Putin made a surprise trip to the peninsula. He visited the Korsun Art School and children’s center in Chersonese, located outside the port of Sevastopol, which is the primary base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Despite international condemnation, Russia continues to maintain its presence in the Crimean Peninsula. The annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 was widely condemned by the international community, leading to sanctions against Moscow. Nevertheless, Russia denies any involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, although the West claims Moscow backs the separatists in the region.
Many Western countries, including the United States and the European Union, have urged Russia to withdraw its troops, and for the situation in eastern Ukraine to be resolved through diplomatic means. However, tensions in the region continue to rise, with occasional flare-ups of fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists.