Important Putin announcement expected on Ukraine war - is he going all in now?
Created: 2022-12-19 04:47
By: Richard Strobl
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of military branches involved in the war in Ukraine during a visit to the task force's headquarters December 17, 2022 at an undisclosed location.
© IMAGO/Gavriil Grigorov/Kremlin Pool
In Russia, there has recently been increasing criticism of the approach to the Ukraine war.
Putin is now opposing this.
There should be an "important explanation".
Moscow - The mood in Russia has changed after setbacks in the Ukraine war and partial mobilization.
There is not much left of war euphoria.
And so critical tones are now mixed into the Kremlin's propaganda machinery.
Vladimir Putin is now apparently trying to take active countermeasures and take over the reins of action again.
Russian state media report that the Kremlin chief will make an important announcement at a Defense Ministry meeting next week.
"We are waiting for important statements," said Pavel Sarubin, the moderator of the program "Moscow.Kremlin.Putin", on the state broadcaster VGTRK on Sunday.
Putin will therefore chair the annual extended meeting of the Defense Ministry.
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An exact date for the meeting is not yet known.
However, Putin is expected in Minsk on Monday for talks with the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko.
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At a government meeting last week, the Kremlin chief had already called for the armament plans to be adjusted.
It is possible that the 70-year-old will continue to force the conversion of his own economy to a war economy, since his own troops continue to have problems with supplies in the course of the aggressive war against Ukraine.
Because of the ongoing difficulties in the war, Putin has largely avoided the topic in recent weeks and also canceled the traditional annual press conference shortly before Christmas.
Then there were rumors of a Putin withdrawal.
The head of the Kremlin is now actively opposed to this.
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According to an analysis by US experts from the
Institute for the Study of War
, the Kremlin is currently trying to "present Putin as a competent war leader and to rehabilitate the image of the Russian Ministry of Defense".
Shoigu's ministry in particular had recently come under massive criticism.
The Kremlin announced on Saturday that Putin had been working all day at the joint headquarters of the Russian army services.
Even pictures of the visit were published.
According to the experts, criticism of Putin himself had recently arisen, particularly in ultranational sections.
Now the image of the Kremlin ruler is to be cultivated.
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