It is the first visit of the Russian president to Donbass.
Russian President Vladimir Putin drove through the streets of Mariupol in the Donetsk People’s Republic, himself behind the wheel.
This is the first visit of the Russian president to Donbass. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnulin accompanied the head of state during the tour and told him details about the reconstruction of the cityhousing construction, social facilities, educational facilities and medical centers.
He also stressed that the city plans to launch its first tram line already in the summer. In addition, he reported that there are plans to create new jobs. “people started coming back when he saw that the recovery process was underway. People are actively returning to their families. We see it clearly and clearly”, he commented. In addition, Jusnulin thanked Putin for the decision on preferential mortgages for the new Russian regions, because, according to him, in Mariupol there are people “who want to build and buy houses”.
Meanwhile, the renovation of the center of Mariupol, where there are many historical buildings, will be completed by the end of the year.
The city of Mariupol was liberated in April 2022 during the special military operation, but a part of a grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was entrenched at the Azovstal steel plant. On May 20, the Russian Defense Ministry reported the surrender of almost 2,500 Ukrainian fighters blocked in the factory and the conclusion of the operation to liberate the city.