MOSCOW: “Victory Day is an unusual occasion in Russia and this year comes under unusual circumstances that the country is going through,” said Leon Radziusini, an analyst specialising in political and strategic affairs.
“The Russian president will, therefore, try to take advantage of the symbolic importance of the day to announce things that will improve his popularity in light of another economic war whose repercussions are close to being reflected on the Russians,” he noted.
Radziucini added, in statements to Sky News Arabia, that “the world is anxiously awaiting a speech that Putin is expected to deliver, through which he will determine the focal points of the war in Ukraine, either he talks about achievements or plans for escalation, or both.
He is very proud of such occasions, He launched the invasion of Ukraine the day after Defender of the Fatherland Day, another crucial military day in Russia.”
On the most prominent contents of Putin’s speech, the political analyst explained that “the Russian president has many options on the table, including the annexation of the separatist lands of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, and there are also indications that Russia may plan to declare and annex a new People’s Republic in Kherson as the first city it took control of.” Moscow is completely working on imposing the rouble in it, and it is likely that both Kherson and Mariupol will witness similar celebrations of Victory Day.”
He continued: “It is also possible to officially announce the beginning of the war, and then activate the mobilisation law, which can be used to start a general or partial military mobilisation in cases of aggression against the Russian Federation or a direct threat of aggression, and this will allow the government not only to assemble forces but also to put the country’s economy in place.”