A Ukrainian official announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “very sick” with cancer and other illnesses, the latest claim amid rumors of Putin’s health.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, there has been speculation that Putin might be ill, as many have been quick to point to cases where the Russian strongman looked pale or sickly.
Most recently, the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, told Sky News that Putin was in “a very bad psychological and physical condition and that he is very ill”.
He added that Putin has “cancer and other diseases” and when asked by Sky News if he was just spreading propaganda, Budanov replied: “It’s my job, it’s my job, if not me, who will know?”
The Kremlin has constantly insisted that Putin be in good health, and news week could not independently verify these claims.
Budanov added in his interview that Russia “has suffered heavy losses in manpower and armor and I can say that when the artillery strikes happened, many of the crews left their equipment behind.”
He added that the fighting in Ukraine will end by the end of the year and that Russia’s defeat in Ukraine “will eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation. This process has already started and they are moving in that direction.” on. “
On Wednesday, Putin’s absence from an ice hockey game in which he usually plays has fueled speculation that he is not feeling well, as he instead gave a video address to players and attendees. And last week, a claim about the Russian president was made on Telegram, saying that he was preparing for cancer surgery.
This is not the first suspicion that Putin has undergone surgery, and the Kremlin has previously denied that Putin had surgery for thyroid cancer, online outlet The Moscow Times reported on April 1.
Theresa Fallon, founder and director of the Center for Russia Europe Asia Studies (CREAS) in Brussels, said: The independent, “[Mr Putin] has always tried to emphasize its fitness and strength, which are part of its brand. Illness doesn’t fit with Putin’s strongman story carefully cultivated by the Kremlin over the years. This makes me wonder if there’s really something else going on behind the scenes.”
However, as speculation continues, some believe that instances where Putin looks shaky or sick are just theater. Olga Lautmann, a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis, said: news week in an earlier report, “I think Putin’s coming out and showing symptoms of illness was more theatrical and distraction. If Putin was really sick, he wouldn’t want the people around him to know.”
Concerns for Putin’s health came most recently after his appearance at the Victory Day parade on May 9, in which he had his legs covered with a blanket and appeared to be holding on to the podium while giving a speech.
news week contacted the Russian Defense Ministry and the Kremlin for comment.