This is when an intrepid Ukrainian woman shouted “It’s all lies, it’s all for show” to Vladimir Putin during his visit to the occupied city of Mariupol on Sunday.
Video shows the brave Mariupol resident harassing the Russian leader as he puts on a staged show in which he supposedly meets grateful Ukrainian citizens in Mariupol.
At risk of arrest and the anger of Putin’s security forces, the woman can be heard screaming, “It’s all lies, it’s all for show.”
The woman’s screams, which appear to be coming from a nearby building, prompt Putin’s guards to look around frantically to determine where the woman’s voice was coming from.
However, the security officials are unable to identify the brave Ukrainian woman.
An intrepid Ukrainian woman defiantly shouted ‘It’s all lies, it’s all for show’ at Vladimir Putin during his visit to the occupied city of Mariupol
Video shows brave Mariupol resident harassing Russian leader as he performs staged show in which he supposedly meets appreciative Ukrainian citizens in Mariupol
In the video, Putin continued to talk to alleged residents of Mariupol outside what appeared to be a newly built housing complex, asking them if they liked everyone.
Despite the arguing in the background, the locals nodded vigorously and said they lived in Mariupol, a southern Ukrainian city razed to the ground by invading Russian forces.
Putin’s visit to Mariupol marks the Russian despot’s first trip to Ukrainian territory that Moscow illegally annexed in September.
He arrived in Mariupol late Saturday after visiting Crimea, southwest of Mariupol, to mark the ninth anniversary of Ukraine’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.
Following Putin’s visit, Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak said on Sunday that Putin had returned to view the city’s “graves” after Mariupol suffered some of the worst shelling so far seen during the invasion.
‘The criminal always returns to the crime scene… the murderer of thousands of Mariupol families came to admire the ruins of the city and (its) graves. Cynicism and lack of remorse,” Podolyak said on Twitter.
Mariupol became a global symbol of resistance after Ukrainian troops with fewer weapons and less manpower held out in a steel mill there for nearly three months before Moscow finally took control of it in May. Much of the city was reduced to rubble by Russian shelling.
The timing of Putin’s “spontaneous” visit to the disputed territories will worry the West, as it comes just days after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against the Russian leader, accusing him of war crimes.
In a conversation with the state agency RIA-Novosti, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin made it clear that Russia would remain in Mariupol. He said the government hoped to complete reconstruction of the devastated center by the end of the year.
“People are starting to return. When they saw that the reconstruction was going on, people started to actively return,” Khusnullin told RIA.
When Moscow completely captured the city in May, an estimated 100,000 people remained, out of a pre-war population of 450,000. Many were trapped without food, water, heating or electricity. Relentless bombing left rows of shattered or hollowed-out buildings.
Damaged buildings are demolished by heavy machinery as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues in the Russian-controlled area of Mariupol, Ukraine on March 16
Damaged buildings are seen as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues in the Russian-controlled area of Mariupol, Ukraine on March 16
The plight of Mariupol first came to international attention with a Russian airstrike on a maternity hospital on March 9, 2022, less than two weeks after the invasion of Ukraine began.
A week later, about 300 people were reportedly killed in the bombing of a theater used as the city’s largest bomb shelter. Evidence obtained by The Associated Press suggested the true death toll could be closer to 600.
A small group of Ukrainian fighters held out for 83 days in the sprawling Azovstal steel mill in eastern Mariupol before surrendering. Their tenacious defense tied down the Russian troops and symbolized Ukrainian tenacity in the face of Moscow’s aggression.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move deemed illegal by most of the world, and moved in September to officially claim four regions in southern and eastern Ukraine as Russian territory after referenda that voted Kiev and described the West as a sham.
The ICC on Friday accused Putin of personal responsibility for the kidnapping of children from Ukraine. UN investigators also said there was evidence of the forcible transfer of “hundreds” of Ukrainian children to Russia.
According to Ukrainian government figures, more than 16,000 children have been deported to Russian-controlled areas or to Russia itself, many of them from Mariupol.
While the move by the ICC was welcomed by Kiev, Putin is unlikely to stand trial, as Moscow does not recognize the court’s jurisdiction and does not extradite its nationals.
Ukrainian officials reported on Sunday that at least three civilians were killed and 19 injured by Russian shelling in the past 24 hours. The dead occurred in the eastern region of Donetsk amid fierce fighting for control of the city of Bakhmut, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Ukrainian TV.
Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said in a Telegram update that a 51-year-old woman was “fighting for her life” after being hit by shrapnel when Russian troops fired on the border town of Dvorichna.
Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak said Ukrainian troops were holding the line at Bakhmut, a key target of a protracted crushing Russian offensive.
Ukraine’s Eastern Armed Forces spokesman said Russian forces are “tactically unable” to complete Bakhmut’s capture.
“Yes, there are very active battles, (the Russians) continue to launch dozens of attacks due to inertia, but they suffer huge losses,” Serhii Cherevaty said on Ukrainian TV, adding that the Ukrainian defense “bleeds the enemy, interrupts its fighting ‘. spirit’.
Taking Bakhmut would give the Kremlin a battlefield victory after months of setbacks, and could pave the way for Russia to threaten other Ukrainian strongholds in the region, including Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.
Russian troops shelled a house in Bilozerka, a suburb west of the southern city of Kherson, and a woman pulled from the rubble was taken to hospital, according to the Kherson Regional Military Administration, writing on Telegram.