Ukraine Live Briefing: Putin captures Mariupol and Crimea; Xi leaves for Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Mariupol, A front-line town devastated last year in a deadly Russian siege, ignoring an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court Alleged war crimes in Ukraine. It was his second offensive of the weekend into the occupied territories, which the Kremlin press service described on Sunday as a “working trip”. The Kremlin also said in a statement that Putin visited Crimea’s Black Sea port city of Sevastopol on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of Russia’s 2014 illegal annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine.

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