"We have information that Putin felt misled by the Russian military," leading him to mistrust the military leadership, the US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity and citing newly declassified intelligence reports.
Britain's defence secretary Ben Wallace says Putin might use Russia's victory day parade on May 9 to announce the mass mobilisation of his reserves for a final push in Ukraine
Moscow police said more than 200,000 people were in and around the Luzhniki stadium for the celebration marking the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula, seized from Ukraine.
Speaking at the opening of an annual arms show outside Moscow that caters to foreign customers, Putin said that Russia’s arms exports play an important role in the development of a "multipolar word.”
According to Macron's office, Putin had "reconsidered the demand" that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) travel through Russia to the site, after the Russian leader himself warned fighting there could bring about a "catastrophe."
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Moscow's military action in Ukraine was not responsible for the global food crisis, instead blaming the West for preventing the export of Russian grain.
The decree "on retaliatory visa measures in connection with the unfriendly actions of foreign states" was "based on the need to take urgent measures in response," according to the text published by the Kremlin.
Russian forces launched missile attacks on the western city of Lviv and pounded a multitude of other targets across Ukraine. Russian strikes also killed at least eight civilians in the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, local authorities said.
Addressing the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Putin said, "we are strong people and can cope with any challenge. Like our ancestors, we will solve any problem, the entire thousand-year history of our country speaks of this."