Putin visits Crimea to mark anniversary of Russian annexation from Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited Crimea to mark the ninth anniversary of the peninsula's annexation from Ukraine. Earlier, US President Joe Biden welcomed the International Criminal Court's (ICC) decision to issue an arrest warrant for his Russian counterpart, saying the leader has "clearly" committed war crimes in Ukraine. Read about the day’s events as they unfolded on our liveblog. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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10:07am: Ukraine still able to resupply troops in battered Bakhmut, army says

Ukrainian forces outside the battered eastern city of Bakhmut are managing to keep Russian units at bay so ammunition, food, equipment and medicines can be delivered to defenders, the army said on Saturday.

And in the latest claim to have inflicted heavy casualties, Kyiv said its troops had killed 193 Russians and injured 199 others during the course of fighting on Friday.

Russia has made the capture of Bakhmut a priority in its strategy to take control of Ukraine's eastern Donbas industrial region. The city has been largely destroyed in months of fighting, with Russia launching repeated assaults.

7:02pm: Two killed, eight wounded in eastern Ukraine, mayor says

Russian strikes killed two people and wounded eight in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Saturday, the mayor said, accusing Moscow of having used cluster bombs in the attack.

A woman died at the scene from her wounds, they saw.

6:25am: Turkey still hopeful of extension to Ukraine grain deal

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