Putin Makes Surprise Visit to Occupied Ukraine


President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia traveled to Mariupol, a surprise visit to the Ukrainian city that was the site of one of the bloodiest battles since Russia invaded last year, and the closest the Russian leader has been to the front lines in the east.
Mr. Putin flew by helicopter from Crimea and then toured Mariupol in Donetsk Province in the east, according to the state…

This story appeared on nytimes.com, 2023-03-19.
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