Chaos as Putin cancels big speech ‘set to announce escalation of Ukraine war’

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 20: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting on the military-industrial complex at the Kremlin, September 20, 2022, in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Putin on Tuesday blasted what he described as U.S. efforts to preserve its global domination, saying they are doomed to fail. (Photo by Contributor/Getty Images)

Experts say the flopped announcement is sign of ‘chaos behind the scenes’ (Picture: Getty)

Kremlin-watchers have been left baffled by the last-minute cancellation of a major announcement by Vladimir Putin aimed at turning the tide of war following weeks of embarassing setbacks.

The Russian president was expected on Tuesday to order a ‘full mobilisation’ of forces and unveil his plan to annexe parts of Ukraine currently held by his troops.

What would have been his first address to the Russian people since the launch of his invasion was tabled for live broadcast at 6pm UK time, but more than two hours later there was still no word of it appearing.

A former Nato military chief said the unexplained delay was sign of ‘chaos behind the scenes’, with ‘real questions’ remaining over whether the Russian war machine was up to enforcing Putin’s plan.

Pro-Kremlin propagandists then appeared to suggest his speech had been postponed, although an official confirmation had yet to be issued late on Tuesday night.

The editor of Russian state media news outlet RT, Margarita Simonyan, simply wrote ‘go to sleep’ in a message on social media.

Sergei Markov, a Russian political scientist who used ot be a close adviser to President Putin, said the address was delayed until tomorrow.

Experts believed the 69-year-old would set the stage for Moscow to formally absorb Russian-held Ukrainian territories into its control.

The defenders have recaptured hundreds of square miles in just a few weeks (Picture: AFP)

Earlier in the day, four regions occupied by the invaders announced plans to stage referendums over the coming week on whether they should become part of Russia.

Puppet leaders in an area covering 15% of Ukraine are expected to brazenly rig the votes in favour of joining as ‘republics of the Russian Federation’, which technically …read more

Source:: Metro News

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