Putin 'desperately trying to convey strength' with 'sense of swagger' in new speech

The Russian President vowed to continue to boost the country’s army in a speech to military graduates at the Kremlin yesterday. Body language expert Judi James said Putin appeared “determined” to put on a show of strength as he took to the stage amid ongoing rumours over the state of his health as his brutal invasion of Ukraine continues.

Ms James said the Russian leader had a “new sense of swagger”, speeding up as he neared the podium.

She added that he adopted a “leg splay” during his speech to show “personal strength and confidence” with “on-message” facial expressions.

But Ms James said there were signs his bid to display strength was “might not be consistent” as he shifted his legs to a less powerful stance.

The body language told Express.co.uk: “‘We will be even stronger’ are Putin’s words during a speech that looks more like a sales pitch, and it is strength that he seems to be trying desperately to convey in his body language too, following speculation about his health.

“He arrives with a new sense of swagger in his walk, moving quickly and even accelerating to bound up the steps to the stage.

“His lips are sucked in as he does so, suggesting a desire to show resolve and determination.

“His adopted pose on stage and the one that he clearly sees as his intentional gesture to the audience involves the kind of wide, symmetric leg splay that is normally associated with personal strength and confidence.

“He spreads his feet wide and holds the sides of the lectern with his hands.

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In his speech, Putin insisted there is “no doubt” that Russia would become “even stronger”.

He claimed Moscow was facing “another set of trials” but would “overcome them”.

The Russian leader, who launched his devastating attack on Ukraine in February, also hailed troops for fighting like “true heroes”.

He added that Russia’s newly tested Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles, also known as Satan II, would be deployed for combat duty by the end of the year.

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