‘He doesn’t have a long life ahead’: Putin suffers from ‘grave’ illnesses, says Ukraine’s spy chief


‘He doesn’t have a long life ahead of him’: Putin is suffering from several ‘grave’ illnesses and will be dead within two years, Ukraine’s spy chief claims

  • Kyiv Defence Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov: Putin’s health ‘grave’
  • Russian dictator will die of array of illnesses within two years, Budanov added 
  • Top spook cites ‘human intelligence’ handed by Ukrainian spies inside Kremlin
  • He also said of American fighters facing death in Donbas: ‘We are working on it’

Vladimir Putin has less than two years to live as he suffers from multiple ‘grave’ illnesses, according to the head of the Ukrainian intelligence service.

Major General Kyrylo Budanov said Kyiv spies who infiltrated the Kremlin made the claims based on ‘human intelligence’.

Mr Budanov added: ‘Putin doesn’t have a long life ahead of him’, USA Today reported.

Putin’s health has been subject to fierce rumour for months, escalating after he was pictured gripping a table during a meeting with defence minister Sergei Shoigu.

Putin (pictured during a recent meeting of the BRICS countries) is rumoured to have cancer

Putin (pictured during a recent meeting of the BRICS countries) is rumoured to have cancer

Putin’s poor posture and seemingly bloated face and neck sparked speculation about the leader’s health, which is said to have ailed since the invasion of Ukraine.

The Kremlin leader was alleged in April to be in need of an urgent cancer operation. 

Maj. Gen. Budanov told USA Today his agency expects Putin to die within just two years

Maj. Gen. Budanov told USA Today his agency expects Putin to die within just two years

Putin also reportedly suffers from Parkinson’s and ‘schizophrenic symptoms’, according to self-styled ‘Kremlin insiders’.

They wrote via Telegram channel General SVR: ‘The Russian President Vladimir Putin has oncology, and the latest problems identified during [his latest] examination are associated with this disease.’

Meanwhile King’s College London fellow Michael Clarke told Sky News this month: ‘On 7 October he will be 70. He is known to hit the Botox quite heavily, I always say that he’s trying to embalm himself while he’s still alive – he does take a lot of Botox. 

A bloated Putin was seen gripping a table whilst slouching in his chair during a televised meeting with his defence minister Sergei Shoigu months ago, sparking intense speculation

A bloated Putin was seen gripping a table whilst slouching in his chair during a televised meeting with his defence minister Sergei Shoigu months ago, sparking intense speculation

‘He moves around with doctors, there’s known to be a little team of doctors who are never far away, and it’s said that he leaves meetings at frequent intervals to go and consult with somebody.

‘I suspect that he’s only a hypochondriac, to be honest.

‘If he is ill, or becomes ill, that would be one way out for Russia to say that the president has stepped down and the war will now be prosecuted by Nikolai Patrushev – who’s every bit as nasty as he is.’

Ukraine’s top spook Budanov also said the intelligence service is ‘working on’ efforts to release a pair of American volunteers facing death in the eastern Donbas region. 

Budanov (centre, in green) is pictured walking in Kyiv with Pres. Zelensky (second from left)

Budanov (centre, in green) is pictured walking in Kyiv with Pres. Zelensky (second from left)

Alexander John-Robert Drueke, 39, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, from Hartselle, Alabama are being held captive by Russian forces.

President Zelensky told NBC News the pair are ‘heroes’ and vowed to fight for their release. 

The White House has not responded to media questions about a possible prisoner swap.

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