Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Mariupol, in the Russian-occupied east of Ukraine, according to Russian media.
This marks Putin's first visit to the area since the start of the war.
Meanwhile, Russian strikes resulted in the bombing of Kramatorsk, with the use of cluster bombs, resulting in two people killed and eight wounded, with three of them in a serious condition.
The mayor of Kramatorsk has accused Moscow of continuing to spread terror.
Putin's trip to Mariupol marks a significant move in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
Russian forces captured Mariupol in 2014 during a bloody battle.
Tass news agency reports that Putin flew to the city by helicopter and then toured the region, speaking to locals.
Meanwhile, Moscow has been accused of using cluster bombs in an attack on Kramatorsk by the city's mayor, Oleksandr Goncharenko.
Goncharenko called the incident "continued terror" by Russia.
AFP journalists on the ground noted around ten explosions occurring simultaneously, with smoke evidence above a public park in the southern part of the town.
A woman died at the scene from her injuries.
The conflicting nature of the two sources is clear when Goncharenko's statement is compared to the Russian media report of Putin's visit.