Putin arrives in Crimea on first anniversary of annexation from Ukraine

Vladimir Putin was greeted by the Russian-installed governor of Sevastopol

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Crimea on Saturday on an unannounced visit to mark the ninth anniversary of the Russian annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin was greeted by Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Russian-founded governor of Sevastopol, and taken to see a new children’s center and art school in what the official said was a surprise visit.

State media did not immediately broadcast any comments from Vladimir Putin, a day after the International Criminal Court said it had issued an arrest warrant against him and accused him of war crimes for illegally deporting hundreds of children from Ukraine Was.

Vladimir Putin has yet to publicly comment on the move. His spokesman called it “null and void”, and said Russia considers the questions raised by the ICC to be “disgraceful and unacceptable”.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, eight years before launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine says it will fight to drive Russia out of Crimea and all other territories Russia has annexed in the year-long war.

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