After the trip to Crimea on the ninth anniversary of the annexation, Putin was also in Mariupol, TASS writes, citing the Kremlin's press service. During the trip, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin reported in detail to the President on the progress of construction and reconstruction work on the city and surrounding area, the press service said. Moscow conquered the city last May after three months of hard battle with the last resisters barricaded inside the Azovstal steel plant, Putin reached it by helicopter, TASS said.

Putin also held a meeting at the invasion command post in Rostov-on-Don, the Russian city where the FSB building burned down three days ago. "The head of state listened to reports from the Chief of Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valeriy Gerasimov, and some military commanders," the Kremlin said.