The Kremlin has dismissed speculation that President Vladimir Putin plans to declare war against Ukraine and mobilise nationally when Russia commemorates the Soviet Union’s victory in World War Two.
Russia’s biggest public holiday, Victory Day, is held annually on 9 May. World War Two cost more than 20 million Soviet lives.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has called the speculation “nonsense” and says “there is no chance of that”.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is set to deliver a speech on 9 May and oversee a military parade on Moscow’s Red Square, as is usual for Victory Day.
The invasion of Ukraine has been described as a “special military operation” and not war by Russia.