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Putin makes surprise visit to Donbass

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FILE PHOTO: Workers repair the roof of a building in central Mariupol, Donetsk People’s Republic, Russia, December 28, 2022 © Sputnik / Valery Melnikov.

The Russian leader toured the second largest city of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Following his surprise visit to Crimea on Saturday, President Vladimir Putin made an unannounced “working trip” to Mariupol, an Azov Sea port city which was liberated by Russian forces last spring amid the military operation in Ukraine, and joined Russia as part of the Donetsk People’s Republic following a referendum in September.

Putin arrived in Mariupol by helicopter, accompanied by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, multiple news agencies including TASS and RIA Novosti reported on Sunday morning, citing the Kremlin’s press service.

The president visited several districts of the city to inspect the progress of restoration efforts, including the construction of “new residential districts, social and educational facilities, housing and communal services infrastructure, medical institutions.” He also toured the “coastline in the area of the yacht club, theater,” as well as other “memorable places” in the city.

Putin also got behind the wheels of a car and drove through the streets of Mariupol to inspect the facilities, while taking time to speak with residents.

On Saturday, Putin was in Crimea to mark the ninth anniversary of the peninsula’s reunification with Russia.

Mariupol was liberated by Russian forces last spring amid the military operation in Ukraine. It has become one of the symbols of Russia’s military campaign, and victory in this city has arguably been the main triumph so far.

In September, the Donetsk People’s Republic, which includes Mariupol, along with the Lugansk People’s Republic, as well as Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions, officially joined the Russian Federation after holding referendums. Crimea overwhelmingly voted to join Russia in a referendum after the Western-backed coup in Kiev in 2014.

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  1. Putin visiting both the Crimea AND Donbass! ABSOLUTELY!!!
    A Russian President visiting the areas of Russia itself, made legal by internationally-observed poll elections!
    The Crimean Peninsula and Donbass will NEVER become Khazaria resurrected ever again!!!
    God Bless Vladimir Putin!!!
    ‘Z’

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