Illustration photo – Anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. In the photo, young people with the inscription “Russia does not start wars, but ends them” in Yalta on March 17, 2023.
Kyiv/Moscow – Russian President Vladimir Putin today traveled to the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014 in violation of international law. The Interfax agency linked Putin's visit to the peninsula with the ninth anniversary of the event.
Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev met Putin in Crimea and was joined by Metropolitan Tikhon. He has been close to the head of the Kremlin since he came to power at the beginning of the millennium and, according to the media, is his confessor. Putin is planning to open an art school and leisure center in Sevastopol, which is patronized by Metropolitan Tikhon.
In a video published by Russian media, Putin can be seen walking alongside Razvozhaev around the historic building. A few steps behind the president, who was issued an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Friday due to the events in Ukraine, is Metropolitan Tikhon, and the group is joined by several men in black.