The war in Ukraine: Putin visits Crimea on the anniversary of the annexation of the territory
Seems like an unexpected visit. Russian president Vladimir Putin Crimea arrived on Saturday, the day of the ninth anniversary of annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula From Russia in 2014, Russian state television reported. On a surprise trip to Sevastopol, the port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, the Russian head of state visited an art school in the company of local governor Mikhail Razugayev, according to images broadcast by the channel. TV station Russia-1.
“Our President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin knows how to surprise. In the good sense of the word, ”wrote Mikhail Razvojayev on Telegram. According to him, a children’s art school was scheduled to open on Saturday, with the participation of the Russian leader via video link. But Vladimir Vladimirovich came up with his own. Himself. on the leash. “On a historic day like today, he is always with Sevastopol and its people,” said Mikhail Razogaev.
Our country has an incredible leader! He was excited. As a reminder, Russia annexed Crimea on March 18, 2014, after a referendum that was not recognized by Kiev and the international community. If Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in January that he intends to recapture Crimea – “our land” – with weapons, Moscow continues to assert that “Crimea is Russian”, refusing to make it an object of possible peace negotiations.
Putin targeted with an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court
Vladimir Putin, whose last visit to Crimea dates back to November 2021, has been targeted since Friday by An arrest warrant against him from the International Criminal Courtwho accuses him of the war crime of “illegal deportation” of Ukrainian children.
The Kremlin ruled the arrest warrant “null and void,” which was announced on the same day that Moscow and Beijing unveiled Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia next week, which is supposed to usher in a “new era” in relations between the two countries. allies.
This visit will take place from March 20-22, just over a year later The start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine Which prompted the Kremlin to reorient itself towards China, against the backdrop of tensions with the West, which supports Ukraine.