Amidst the pounding of missiles into Ukraine, President Putin was speaking at a concert to mark the 8th anniversary of the referendum on Crimea’s so-called reunification with Russia in which 200,000 Muscovites gathered in a soccer stadium.
Putin had a chance to try and rally support for his war on Ukraine. But all did not go as planned for him as his speech was cutoff midway. Putin’s speech audio was suddenly replaced by music and cheering as the audience watched in dismay.
State-run RIA news reported Kremlin blamed “a technical failure on the server” for the interruption. The Financial Times Moscow Bureau Chief Max Seddon said, the state-run TV quickly reran the entirety of Putin’s speech, glitch-free, including the ending.
CNN’s Bianna Golodryga tweeted video of the sound cutting out during the speech. She wrote, ““Can’t think of a more effective way to showcase what things in a post-Western technology Russia will look like,” wrote Golodryga.”
Here's video of Putin suddenly vanishing mid-sentence. Where is he?! pic.twitter.com/c6VqE6GG3s
— max seddon (@maxseddon) March 18, 2022