Vladimir Putin may declare war on Ukraine on May 9, which will allow the general mobilization of the population to begin. This is reported by CNN with reference to British Defense Minister Ben Wallace and an unnamed Pentagon representative.

Wallace told CNN that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if on Victory Day Putin declared “war on the Nazi world, which requires mass mobilization of Russian citizens.” The representative of the U.S. Department of State, Ned Price, added that Russian propaganda around the celebration of May 9 has significantly increased, including to distract attention from military failures.

In addition, the U.S. representative to the OSCE, Michael Carpenter, said on May 2 that Russia plans to annex the territories of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions through “referendums” in mid-May. His words are quoted by The Guardian.