During the start of Vladimir Putin's offensive last year, Russia besieged Mariupol and destroyed much of the city before driving out Ukranian forces.

08:15, Sun, Mar 19, 2023 | UPDATED: 08:21, Sun, Mar 19, 2023

Vladimir Putin visits captured city of Mariupol

Vladimir Putin visits captured city of Mariupol (Image: AFP)

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Vladimir Putin has made an unexpected trip to Mariupol, his first visit to the city since it was taken after a lengthy siege at the beginning of Russia's attack on Ukraine. This visit occurred shortly after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin on accusations of Russia's deportation of numerous Ukrainian children during the conflict.

Putin was given a tour of the city and spoke with residents while being updated on reconstruction efforts.

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