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'Putin may soon officially declare war on Ukraine'

'Putin may soon officially declare war on Ukraine'

Russian President Vladimir Putin may formally declare war on Ukraine on May 9, US and Western officials say.

May 9 is otherwise known as "Victory Day", as Russia commemorates the victory over the Nazis in 1945.

Western officials have long believed that Putin would use the symbolic significance and propaganda value of that day to proclaim either a military achievement in Ukraine or an escalation of the situation.

To date, Putin has called the occupation of Ukraine a "special military operation," avoiding the terms "occupation" or "war." With the official declaration of war, Putin will be able to mobilize reserve forces.

Due to the high level of propaganda in Russia, there may be an acceleration of the Russian offensive in Ukraine.