Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to deliver his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday ahead of the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine and just a day after US President Joe Biden made a historic trip to Kyiv.
It will be Putin’s first address since Russia began its invasion on Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
Russian presidents usually make this speech annually to outline domestic and foreign policies to assembly members and government officials.
Russia’s state-run media quoted Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov as saying on Sunday that the lives of Russian people are “now centered around the subject of the special military operation.”
Putin will focus on what he casts as the “special military operation” in Ukraine, give his analysis of the international situation and outline his vision of Russia’s development after the West slapped on the severest sanctions in recent history.
“At such a crucial and very complicated juncture in our development, our lives, everyone is waiting for a message in the hope of hearing an assessment of what is happening, an assessment of the special military operation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state television.
The speech, to members of both houses of parliament and to military commanders and soldiers, is due to begin at 12:00 pm.