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Putin may formally declare war on Ukraine as soon as May 9 — report

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech as he hosts Russia's medal-winning athletes from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and members of the country's Paralympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, on April 26, 2022. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech as he hosts Russia's medal-winning athletes from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and members of the country's Paralympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, on April 26, 2022. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin may formally declare war on Ukraine as early as May 9, CNN reports, saying it would allow for the full mobilization of Moscow’s military reserves.

Russia currently classifies the invasion as a more limited “special military operation.”

May 9 is known as “Victory Day” in Russia during which the country commemorates its defeat of the Nazis.

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