Kabaeva went on to become a pro-Kremlin member of parliament for eight years.
Ukraine's military said Wednesday that Russian forces had made attempts to storm the seaport and steel plant, the Reuters news agency reported.
If the trend prevails, it will be impossible to further conceal them in 2023-2024, the period when the so-called controlled power transfer is set to be carried out in Russia.
Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said another attempt to evacuate civilians from Mariupol would be made Thursday, though it was not clear how the latest comments would affect that.
She had given birth twenty years earlier to Putin's two brothers, one who died at birth and the other dead of diphtheria at five, while he and Putin's mother lived in a children's shelter.
Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, then a law professor, who would later play a key role in advancing Putin's career.