Putin to address nation on Tuesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to deliver his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday ahead of the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine.

It will be his first address since Russia began its invasion on Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

Russian presidents usually make the speech annually to outline domestic and foreign policies to assembly members and government officials.

Russia's state-run media quoted Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov as saying on Sunday that the lives of Russian people are "now centered around the subject of the special military operation."

Peskov reportedly said the president should pay particular attention to the "special military operation," suggesting the speech will commit considerable time to the subject.

The British defense ministry said in an intelligence update on Saturday that issues such as social support for those mobilized and their families are likely to become more salient. The ministry added that "Putin may refer to those issues in his state of the nation address."

Citing informed sources, Russia's state-run Tass news agency reported Putin will likely give a speech at a rally of 200,000 people on Wednesday. The rally is planned to take place at a stadium in Moscow.

Putin is expected to justify the invasion of Ukraine as part of an ongoing effort to seek public understanding for the prolonged military operation.