Russian President Vladimir Putin made a shock go to to occupied Mariupol, the Kremlin said early Sunday. His journey to the Ukrainian metropolis, which was devastated final yr in a lethal Russian siege and is about 60 miles from the battlefront, is a present of defiance following the arrest warrant that the International Criminal Court issued for him over alleged battle crimes in Ukraine. It was Putin’s second foray of the weekend into occupied Ukraine, following a go to to the Crimean peninsula.
German authorities will arrest Putin if he units foot within the nation in accordance with the ICC warrant, Justice Minister Marco Buschmann told the Bild newspaper. Officers in Moscow described the warrant as illegal and mentioned they have been investigating the German justice minister’s assertion, in accordance to Russia’s state-run Tass news agency. It’s extremely unlikely that Putin would now journey to any of the 123 nations, together with Germany, that acknowledge the ICC’s jurisdiction.
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Russian conscripts plead for Putin’s intervention in ‘senseless assaults’: A flood of movies have appeared on Russian Telegram channels displaying Russian conscripts interesting for higher gear earlier than being despatched to struggle on the entrance traces. Scores of troopers say they’re being compelled to storm Ukrainian positions with out adequate coaching, ammunition, or weapons, Francesca Ebel writes.
Siobhán O’Grady and Kamila Hrabchuk contributed reporting from Kyiv.
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