VLADIMIR Putin’s ‘chest punch’ speech was meant to ‘intimidate’ the West as he ‘bared his bottom teeth’, a body language expert has revealed.
The Russian tyrant gave the camera a “hard look” as he issued a thinly veiled threat to bombard the West with nuclear weapons and ordered the partial mobilization of troops.
Body language expert Judi James said Putin – whose army had suffered huge casualties in the face of a stunning Ukrainian counterattack – looked “disgusted”.
She said he also showed signs of “urgency” as he frantically dispatched 300,000 more troops to the front lines to prevent his invasion from collapsing.
Judi told The Sun Online: “This was direct, insistent, angry and very dominant body language from a leader who leaned forward to stare straight into the camera lens to show control and disgust with his facial expressions and batons.
“His hands were spread out on the table in her signature, but the left hand made a chopping gesture to indicate determined thinking.
“His movements suggested urgency and a ‘tell’ style that suggested no vice with discussions.”
In his address, Putin also made a thinly veiled threat to bombard the West with nuclear weapons, saying he had “many weapons” he was willing to use.
Judi added: “His nose and lips curled in micro-gestures of disgust.
“His shrug suggested a lack of choice, and when he spoke of nuclear responses, his eye condition intensified as his lower jaw appeared to protrude and his lower teeth were bared in a gesture often associated with anger and determination.
“It looked like chest slapping body language with the hard stare at the end that was meant to scare and intimidate.”
It comes as Putin today delivered his first address to the nation since he dispatched his troops to Ukraine in February.
As his disastrous war falters and Moscow loses 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 mobilization is 300,000, officials said.
Russia lost about $1 billion in military equipment during the Blitz, which saw tanks and ammunition abandoned by fleeing battalions as Ukraine retook tracts 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 the safety of our people and the people of the liberated areas.
“I consider it necessary to support the proposal of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff to declare partial mobilization in Russia.”
In his speech, Putin also warned the West that it was not a “bluff” that Russia would use any means at its disposal to protect its territory.
He also made a veiled threat to nuclear bomb the West, saying he had “many weapons” he was prepared to use.
Putin accused the West of nuclear blackmail and took note of statements by some senior NATO officials about the possibility of using nuclear weapons of mass destruction against Russia.
He added: “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all means at our disposal to defend Russia and our people, this is not a bluff.
“Russian citizens can rest assured that the territorial integrity of our Fatherland, our independence and our freedom will be secured by any means at our disposal.
“Those trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the wind can blow their way.”
Putin also claimed that Western countries are trying to “block” any independence and development.
He added: “To brutally impose their will on other people.
“The aim of the West is still to weaken and destroy, they say so openly.”
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.
The Kremlin-backed effort to engulf four regions could pave the way for Moscow to escalate the war after Ukrainian successes.
Referendums scheduled to take place since the first months of the war, which began on February 24, begin on Friday in the Luhansk, Kherson and partially Russian-controlled Zaporizhia and Donetsk regions.
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