Russian dictator President Putin was told that Mariupol had been destroyed by the Ukrainian military.
The TV report on the war criminal’s visit to Mariupol contains, in particular, a conversation with Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin, who is in charge of construction in Russian-occupied Mariupol.
According to him, the Ukrainian military, for some unknown reason, simply destroyed Mariupol during the offensive of the Russian army.
Where we were advancing, there were no shell strikes from our side at all. From their side – direct fire was beaten by tanks. You can clearly see how they retreated – they directly hit the houses, they simply destroyed them. I’m telling you this as a builder,” Khusnullin says to Putin in the video.
After the invasion of the Russian army, according to the UN, Mariupol was 90% destroyed.
In the first weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the city was under siege by the Russian army, which daily dropped dozens of aerial bombs on the city and subjected its territory to artillery shelling.
Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the bombing by Russian military drama theaters in Mariupol.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin visited the city on the evening of March 18 and on the night of March 19.
The President arrived in Mariupol by helicopter, and then drove around several districts of the city, the Kremlin said. He toured the shoreline in the area of the yacht club, the square near the drama theater and other places of interest, as well as the restored Philharmonic and the university.
After a visit to Mariupol, Putin held a meeting at a command post in Rostov-on-Don, where he met with Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff with the Russian Federation.
Puila was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, who reported on the progress of construction and restoration work in the city. Video from the trip was published by Russian state media.
During the visit, Putin spoke with local residents who received new housing instead of the destroyed one, according to the Kremlin press service. Propaganda RIA Novosti published a video of the meeting of the Russian president with residents of the Nevsky microdistrict. One of the women who participated in the meeting said that the locals “waited” and “pray” for Putin. Answering the president’s question whether they like it in Nevsky, she said: “Very much. It’s a little paradise we have here.”
By the way, I have mine 15 days after your birthday. Also 70 years old, but left light, one of the residents of Mariupol told Putin.
The telegram channel “We Can Explain” drew attention to the reaction of the inhabitants of Mariupol in social networks to Putin’s visit. Journalists noted that Nevsky, where Putin was brought, is “in fact the only rebuilt microdistrict in the completely destroyed city.” The telegram channel cited several quotes from chats of residents of other districts of Mariupol:
It is a pity that he did not drive up to our house, the left bank, the square! No windows, no doors, hot water and heating. I would talk to the locals.
And why take him there, he was taken in those places that have been preserved for new buildings. No one will show him empty pits for the foundations of destroyed houses.”
Nobody needs us here. Everything is done for the picture on TV, for people in Russia to watch.
Rasha captured Mariupol in the spring of 2022 after a two and a half month siege. The city finally came under the control of Russian troops, after the last group of Ukrainian military who held the defense at the Azovstal plant surrendered in May.
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