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Russia Speak On Officially Declaring War On Ukraine

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Russia has dispelled rumors of declaring war on Ukraine come May 9.

Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesperson, said that May 9 is Russia’s victory day and reports of war declaration were nonsense.

Russia said it is currently on a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine. Analysts and Western officials previously stated that they believe that on May 9, Putin could formally declare war.

However, Dmitry Peskov told CNN that the speculations were untrue and far fetched, adding that the chances of Putin declaring war on Victory Day were non-existent.

He also stated that the President would not be announcing mobilization on victory day, which would allow the government not just to assemble troops but also to put the economy on a war footing.

May 9, known as “Victory Day” inside Russia, commemorates the country’s defeat of the Nazis in 1945.

It is marked by a military parade in Moscow, and Russian leaders traditionally stand on the tomb of Vladimir Lenin in Red Square to observe it.

Meanwhile, the European Union is set to announce a ban on Russian oil amidst the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, revealed this in a tweet.

She wrote: “Finally, we now propose a ban on Russian oil. Let’s be clear: it will not be easy. But we simply have to work on it”. Read more