Russia-Ukraine war live: Putin set to make annual speech as Kyiv faces longer and stricter blackouts after drone strikes

Putin set to make speech at Russian thinktank this afternoon

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is due to make a speech at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at 2pm GMT today.

The club is a thinktank with close links to the Kremlin generally considered to be part of Moscow’s propaganda machine.

Putin gives an annual speech at its event and you will be able to follow along here in about half an hour.

Updated at 08.42 EDT

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Peter Beaumont

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This article was written by Tom Ambrose (now); Kevin Rawlinson and Samantha Lock (earlier) and originally published on