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Putin Visits Mariupol; Grain Deal Renews

Putin Visits Mariupol; Grain Deal Renews

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Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unexpected visit to the occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol over the weekend after an unannounced trip to Crimea, according to state media coverage.

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin, citing his alleged role in unlawfully deporting thousands of Ukrainian children to Russia. The Kremlin, which doesn’t recognize the court’s judgments, termed the move unacceptable. US President Joe Biden called the arrest warrant for Putin “justified.”

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Key Developments

  • Putin Makes Surprise Crimea Visit on Annexation Anniversary

  • Ukraine Grain Deal Renewed, Clearing Way for Continued Exports

  • ADM Restarts Oilseed Crushing Plant in Ukraine After a Year

  • Xi to Visit Russia for First Time Since Putin Invaded Ukraine

  • NATO Edges Closer to Expansion as Turkey Backs Finland’s Bid

(All times CET)

Putin Makes Surprise Visit to Occupied Ukrainian City (6 a.m.)

Putin flew into Mariupol in Donetsk province, a Russian-occupied area of Ukraine, in the surprise visit following his tour to Crimea this weekend, Tass reported on Sunday.

Putin reviewed construction and restoration work in Mariupol, the site of one of the bloodiest battles since Russia invaded Ukraine last year, Tass said. The site of one of the bloodiest battles since Russia invaded Ukraine last year.

Ukrainian Premier Announces Cabinet Changes (5 p.m.)

Oleksandr Kamyshin, former chief executive officer of the national railway company Ukrzaliznytsia, will be appointed next week as Ukraine’s minister for strategic industries, said Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

All top officials visiting Kyiv use Ukrzaliznytsia to get to the capital from Poland, since Ukraine’s passenger airports have been closed since the first day of Russia’s invasion.

Shmyhal, who met with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s party on Saturday to discuss his cabinet’s changes, also said Ukraine’s minister of education will be replaced.

Ukraine Grain Export Deal Renewed; Duration in Debate (3:30 p.m.)

The agreement allowing Ukraine to export grains and other crops out of key Black Sea ports was renewed hours before it was due to expire.

While Ukraine’s infrastructure minister said the pact, originally brokered last summer by Turkey and the UN, has been extended for four months, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman said the agreement was for 60 days.

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