Wed. Sep 28th, 2022
VLADIMIR Putin’s “chest-banging” speech was designed to “intimidate” the West as he “bared his lower teeth”, a body language expert has revealed.

The Russian tyrant gave a “hard stare” into the camera as he issued a thinly-veiled threat to nuke the West and ordered the partial mobilisation of troops.

Putin displayed signs of ‘anger’ and ‘disgust’, according to a body language expert
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The tyrant gave a ‘hard stare’ in a bid to ‘intimidate’, it has been suggested[/caption]

Body language pro Judi James said Putin – whose army has suffered huge losses in the face of a stunning Ukrainian counterattack – gave looks of “disgust”.

She said he also showed signs of “urgency” as he frantically scrambles 300,000 more soldiers to the frontline in a bid to stop his invasion collapsing.

Judi told The Sun Online: “This was direct, emphatic, angry and very dominant body language from a leader leaning forward to stare straight into the camera lens to display control and disgust via his facial expressions and head batons.

“His hands were in their signature spread on the table but the left hand performed a chopping gesture to suggest decisive thinking.

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“His movements suggested urgency and a ‘tell’ style that suggested no truck with discussion.”

In his address, Putin also made a thinly-veiled threat to nuke the West and said he had “lots of weapons” he was prepared to use.

Judi added: “His nose and his lips wrinkled in micro gestures of disgust.

“His shoulder shrugs suggested a lack of choice and when he spoke of nuclear responses his eye state intensified as his lower jaw appeared to jut, baring his lower teeth in a gesture often associated with anger and determination.

“This looked like chest-banging body language with the hard stare at the end looking designed to scare and intimidate.”

It comes as Putin gave his first address to the nation today since ordering his troops into Ukraine in February.

As his calamitous war continues to falter with Moscow losing ground on the battlefield, the desperate despot used the speech to call up more conscripts to bolster efforts in Ukraine.

The total number of reservists drafted in the partial mobilisation is 300,000, officials said.

Russia has lost some $1 billion in military equipment during the blitz, which has seen tanks and ammunition abandoned by fleeing battalions as Ukraine recaptures swathes of land.

Dramatic footage has captured Russian troops surrendering en masse with reports of plummeting morale among the soldiers.

Putin said: “To protect our Motherland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity. To ensure safety of our people, and people at the liberated territories.

“I find it necessary to support the suggestion of the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff about declaring partial mobilisation in Russia.”

In his speech, Putin also warned the West that it is not a “bluff” that Russia would use all the means at its disposal to protect its territory.

Putin also wrinkled his face ‘in disgust’, a body language expert said
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He also made a cloaked threat to nuke the West and said he had “lots of weapons” he was prepared to use.

Putin accused the West of engaging in nuclear blackmail and noted statements of some high-ranking representatives of the leading NATO states about the possibility of using nuclear weapons of mass destruction against Russia.

He added: “When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all the means at our disposal to defend Russia and our people, this is not a bluff. 

“Russian citizens can be sure that the territorial integrity of our homeland, our independence and our freedom will be secured by all the means at our disposal.

“Those who are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the winds may blow in their direction.”

Putin also claimed Western countries are trying to “block” any independence and development.

He added: “In order to force their will in brutal ways to other people.

“The aim of the West is still weaken and destroy, they are openly saying that.”

Putin’s televised address to the nation comes a day after Russian-controlled regions in eastern and southern Ukraine announced plans to hold votes on becoming “integral parts” of Russia.

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The Kremlin-backed efforts to swallow up four regions could set the stage for Moscow to escalate the war following Ukrainian successes.

The referendums, which have been expected to take place since the first months of the war that began on February 24, will start Friday in the Luhansk, Kherson and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions.

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