Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, commented on social networks on the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the annexed Mariupol.
“The criminal is always drawn to the scene of the crime. While the countries of the civilized world are announcing the arrest of the “war director” (Putin V.V.) in case of crossing the border, the organizer of the murders of thousands of Mariupol families came to admire the ruins of the city and mass graves. Cynicism and lack of remorse,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter.
The fact that Vladimir Putin visited the captured Mariupol became known on the morning of March 19. According to the Kremlin, the visit of the President of Russia was unplanned and spontaneous and took place on the evening of March 18 – on the night of March 19. During the trip, Putin toured the city and talked to local residents.
Russian troops captured Mariupol in the spring of 2022 after two and a half months of fighting and siege. The Ukrainian side stated that during this time the city was almost completely destroyed. In the fall, Russia annexed the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Mariupol, which was incorporated into the region.