Putin cancels the annual major press conference “until the military situation in Russia is more stable” – while the counter-offensive in Ukraine begins
Vladimir Putin has reportedly canceled a major press conference until the military situation in Russia is “more stable” – while a massive Ukrainian counterattack begins.
The Russian president should have held the annual talks in June but is said to have postponed it for months.
Russian news source Kommersant quoted sources in the Kremlin as saying the talks could be pushed back to December.
They said the live forum will be postponed until “the military situation in Russia is more stable.”
Putin was due to hold the press conference earlier this month after Russian troops allegedly captured Bakhmut, analysts at the Institute for the Study of War think tank told Sky News.
Putin has reportedly canceled a major press conference until the military situation in Russia is “more stable” – while a massive Ukrainian counterattack begins
The postponement of the press conference reportedly comes after Ukraine launched its counter-offensive (file image)
But the planned attack in the eastern region failed and dragged on until Wagner thugs intervened.
“This suggests that the Kremlin may perceive the capture of Bakhmut as an insufficient information victory to offset Russia’s overall unstable military situation in Ukraine,” the experts said.
“It also illustrates Putin’s decline from a seemingly dedicated and powerful leader to one who is often portrayed as being minutely involved in small infrastructure projects.”
Meanwhile, anti-Putin rebels have wreaked havoc in the leader’s backyard. Its occupied cities in Ukraine were also attacked.
A Storm Shadow missile possibly supplied by the UK is said to have struck the port of Berdyansk in Russian-held Ukraine, causing “destruction”.
Now Putin’s once unshakeable claim to power is being challenged — and potential successors are beginning to close in on him.
Fighting raged on Ukraine’s front lines this week, suggesting that Ukraine’s long-awaited counteroffensive has finally begun.
The new wave of attacks could significantly weaken Putin as fear begins to spread among the Russian elite and those who previously felt protected.