Putin seen limping as he makes a surprise visit to annexed Crimea a day after ICC issued an arrest warrant for him
Vladimir Putin, 70 years old, was seen limping during a surprise visit to Crimea, an annexed territory of Ukraine, on Saturday, March 18.
After Friday’s International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant, it was the first public appearance of the Russian dictator.
Putin was pictured with Mikhail Razvozhayev (the governor of occupied Sevastopol), surrounded by six bulky guards wearing bulletproof jackets.
Putin looked uncomfortable when he walked, in contrast to his earlier appearances in Moscow and Ulan-Ude in Siberia.
Putin was in the city to mark the ninth anniversary of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.
‘Our President Vladimir Putin knows how to surprise in a good way,’ said the governor.
‘Vladimir Vladimirovich came himself, driving.
‘Because on such a historic day, the president is always with Sevastopol and Sevastopol residents. Our country has an incredible leader.’