The Kremlin denied on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin intended to declare war on Ukraine and call for a national mobilization on May 9, when Russia commemorates the Soviet Union’s victory in World War II.
So far, Putin has described Russia’s actions in Ukraine as a “special military operation,” rather than a war. However, some Western politicians and Russia watchers believe he is planning a major announcement for next Monday, with scenarios ranging from an outright declaration of war to a declaration of victory.
When asked about reports that Putin will declare war on Ukraine on May 9, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded: “That is not a possibility. It’s complete nonsense.”
Peskov also stated that people should not believe rumors about a decision on a national mobilization.