British intelligence claims that during a speech before both houses of the Russian parliament on Friday, the president of the Russian Federation may announce the annexation of the Ukrainian territories occupied by the Russian army.
This is stated in the intelligence review of the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain.
"There is a real possibility that Putin uses his speech to officially announce the accession of the occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation," British intelligence said, recalling that the "referendums" currently taking place in these territories are due to end on September 27.
"The Russian leadership almost certainly hopes that any announcement of annexation will be seen as a justification for a 'special military operation' and consolidate patriotic support for the conflict," the review said.
However, according to British intelligence, that ambition is likely to be undermined by growing domestic awareness of Russia's recent failures on the battlefield and significant concern over the partial mobilization announced last week.
Earlier, British intelligence stated that Russia faces organizational difficulties in providing everything necessary for the training of the mobilized, these people may find themselves on the front lines after minimal training.