Putin's national television broadcast cancelled as Russia plots next phase in Ukraine

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Vladimir Putin’s eagerly anticipated speech has been pushed back until tomorrow – prompted speculation about the reasons with Russia seven months into its war on Ukraine. Sarah Rainsford, the BBC’s Eastern Europe correspondent, tweeted: “After all that, it seems Putin won’t be speaking today. ‘Tomorrow,’ says Solovyov (& others).”

Referring to Putin’s close adviser, fellow BBC journalist Francis Scarr posted: “Sergei Markov says Putin’s address has been postponed until tomorrow.”

The abruptness of the cancellation will inevitably trigger speculation about Putin’s position, given Russian forces have suffered a series of setbacks in Ukraine in recent weeks.

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