Putin limps as he makes a surprise visit to annexed Crimea a day after the ICC issued an arrest warrant for him (video)
Russian leader Vladimir Putin, 70, was seen limping as he made a surprise visit to Ukraine’s annexed territory, Crimea, on Saturday (March 18).
It was the first time the Russian strongman has been seen publicly after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him on Friday.
Putin was seen with Mikhail Razvozhayev, governor of occupied Sevastopol, surrounded by six bulky bodyguards who wore bulletproof vests.
Putin looked uncomfortable as he walked unlike previous appearances this week in Moscow and the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude.
Putin was in town to mark the ninth anniversary of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.
“Our President Vladimir Putin knows how to surprise in a good way,” the governor said.
“Vladimir Vladimirovich came himself, driving.
“Because on such a historic day, the president is always with Sevastopol and the people of Sevastopol. Our country has an incredible leader.
Watch the video below
#BREAKING Putin’s visit annexed Crimea, a day after the ICC issued an arrest warrant for him, to mark the ninth year of its annexation from #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/v0REgTmVxp
— Guy Elster (@guyelster) March 18, 2023
Vladimir Putin is seen for the first time since receiving an arrest warrant from the ICC.
The Russian president visited an art school and a children’s center in Crimea to mark the anniversary of the region’s annexation to Ukraine.
Learn more: https://t.co/KwaD4eC1pN pic.twitter.com/Ktt3udz2ty
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 18, 2023