Russia’s President will provide an update on his “special military operations” in Ukraine later.
Vladimir Putin will speak to members of both the houses of parliament, military commanders, and soldiers. This is almost a year since he entered the country with troops.
Despite their superior numbers, the Russian troops were defeated several times since the war started. However, they still have about one-fifth of Ukraine.
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Although Mr Putin’s speech is not yet available, he will likely share his thoughts about the world and Russia’s economic achievements since Western countries responded to the invasion with tough sanctions.
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, told Russia’s TASS news agency that “our entire life revolves around the special op issues.”
“And the special military operations influences our lives in one way or the other, and influences the life of the continent.
“It would therefore be reasonable to expect the president to pay a lot attention to this operation.
“Everyone is eagerly awaiting the address, hoping that the president will give an assessment of the affairs and the assessment for the special military operations, and his vision of how we manage it in the future.”
According to TASS federal TV stations have allotted an hour for the presidential address. However, Mr Putin can decide the length of his speech.
The speech was delivered in April 2021 at 1 hour 19 minutes. In 2018, it took 1 hour 55 minutes. In 2004 and 2005, it was 48 minutes.
The address is intended for the domestic audience with approximately 1,000 people expected. Reporters are limited to Russia and “friendly” countries, the news agency said.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed in fighting in Ukraine. Putin, 70, claims that the country is in an existential struggle with an arrogant West, which wants to seize Russia’s vast natural resources and take it over.
Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition politician, has been jailed and accused Putin of ruining Russia’s future to fulfill his personal ambitions.
“The real causes of this war are the Russian political and economic problems, Putin’s desire for power at all costs, and his obsession about his historical legacy,” said Mr Navalny.
The speech of Vladimir Putin is scheduled to start at 9am UK Time.