AP PHOTOS: On the campaign trail with Vladimir Putin

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to employees of Uralvagonzavod factory in Nizhny Tagil, Russia

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to employees of Uralvagonzavod factory in Nizhny Tagil, Russia

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center top, steps out of a plane shortly upon his arrival to Yekateri

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center top, steps out of a plane shortly upon his arrival to Yekateri

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, walks surrounded by aides and bodyguards upon his arrival to

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, walks surrounded by aides and bodyguards upon his arrival to

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, heads to a helicopter to fly to Nizhny Tagil shortly after ar

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, heads to a helicopter to fly to Nizhny Tagil shortly after ar

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, A helicopter escorting another one that carries Russian President Vladimir Putin flies over an area on

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, A helicopter escorting another one that carries Russian President Vladimir Putin flies over an area on

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, leaves Russian helicopter after landing to visit Uralvagonzav

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, leaves Russian helicopter after landing to visit Uralvagonzav

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, listens to Uralvagonzavod Scientific and Industrial Corporati

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, listens to Uralvagonzavod Scientific and Industrial Corporati

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking with employees of the Uralvagonzavod factory i

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking with employees of the Uralvagonzavod factory i

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, listens to Uralvagonzavod Scientific and Industrial Corporati

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, listens to Uralvagonzavod Scientific and Industrial Corporati

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens for a worker's question during a forum on young workers at the

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens for a worker's question during a forum on young workers at the

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, a worker asks a question to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a forum on young workers at the Ura

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, a worker asks a question to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a forum on young workers at the Ura

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, A view of the Uralvagonzavod factory from a helicopter escorting another one that carries Russian Presi

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, A view of the Uralvagonzavod factory from a helicopter escorting another one that carries Russian Presi

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, speaks to his spokesman Dmitry Peskov, right of him, leaving

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, speaks to his spokesman Dmitry Peskov, right of him, leaving

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, The motorcade carrying Russian President Vladimir Putin speeds up along a highway from the airport Kolt

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, The motorcade carrying Russian President Vladimir Putin speeds up along a highway from the airport Kolt

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, through a motorcade's car window, local people watch at the motorcade carrying Russian President Vladim

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, through a motorcade's car window, local people watch at the motorcade carrying Russian President Vladim

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend a a meeting with top officials as Deputy Prime Minis

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend a a meeting with top officials as Deputy Prime Minis

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin waves local officials prior to his departure from Yekaterinburg, Russi

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin waves local officials prior to his departure from Yekaterinburg, Russi

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Yekateringburg, Russia . After hopping by helicopte

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Yekateringburg, Russia . After hopping by helicopte

NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia (AP) — There's no question that Russian voters will re-elect President Vladimir Putin on Sunday. His approval rating is about 80 percent.

But the Kremlin is worried about voter apathy and looking to boost turnout, so Putin has been out making appearances, seeking to reach voters across the country.

The Associated Press recently followed him on the campaign trail as he traveled to Nizhny Tagil, home to Uralvagonzavod, the world's largest manufacturer of battle tanks, which also makes railway cars.

Putin focused on the need to modernize the country's industries, support innovative technologies and raise skills of its workforce.

"We need people with new knowledge, fresh approaches, people who are ready to meet the new challenges," he told a forum on young workers.

He pointed at his own family history, saying that his father also worked at a plant making railway cars and was proud of his job.

Workers asked about the future of heavy industries and professional training, and Putin said the government will sponsor efforts to expand opportunities for professional training and learning new skills.

After hopping by helicopter back to Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city which is a key industrial hub, Putin chaired a meeting with top officials on training industrial personnel.