Putin has cancer and will die very soon, Ukrainian intelligence boss claims

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Putin has cancer and will die very soon, Ukrainian intelligence boss claims
Putin has cancer and will die very soon, Ukrainian intelligence boss claims

Ukraine’s chief of defence intelligence has claimed Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin has been battling with cancer for a “long time” and will die “very quickly”.

Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, has said that sources close to the Kremlin leader confirmed that Putin, 70, was suffering from cancer.

The president of Russia has been sick for a “long time” and would die quickly, Mr Budanov said.

The claims come after Putin cancelled two public events towards the end of last year, including his annual state address and a visit to a tank-production factory.

At the time there was speculation over his health being the cause of the visits being cancelled.

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Separately, a new Western intelligence analysis bizarrely claimed megalomania induced by cancer drugs was a factor in his decision to launch his disastrous war in Ukraine.

Putin has cancer and will die very soon, Ukrainian intelligence boss claimsKyrylo Budanov, (L), chief of Ukraine's Defence Intelligence, has spoken about Putin's health in a rare interview (Pavlo Bahmut/Ukrinform/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock)

In a rare interview with ABC News, Mr Budanov was pressed on a number of issues related to Putin’s health and the possibility of missile strikes in Russia and Crimea.

He claimed that strikes into Russian territory would undoubtedly continue this year, though he declined to take responsibility for them on behalf of Ukraine’s defence force.

After claiming the Russian autocrat’s life was apparently in danger, Mr Budanov said the “war must end before his death”.

Ukraine would emerge successful in 2023, he said, adding that the death of Putin would benefit “the whole world” and urging the West “not to be afraid”.

Asked if the tyrant was “terminally ill”, Mr Budanov said: “Of course. He has been ill for a long, very long period. I think he will die very fast. I hope.

“I am sure he has cancer.”

Putin has cancer and will die very soon, Ukrainian intelligence boss claimsPresident Vladimir Putin speaks in a recording of his annual televised New Year's message (Mikhail Klimentyev/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

He went on to say he “just knew” that the leader was suffering from an illness as he had received the information from “sources” close to Putin.

Amid swirling rumours over Putin’s health, there have been concerns over who could replace him and subsequently whether there would be actual benefit resulting from his death.

When a series of domestic Russian announcements by Putin late last year proved unfavourable with the population, former MI6 chief Sir Alex Younger suggested his replacement could be what he described as “the chauvinistic, nationalistic, arguably fascistic right-wing” factions of the Kremlin.

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Putin has cancer and will die very soon, Ukrainian intelligence boss claimsRussian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in Moscow (Mikhail Klimentyev/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

“We have to be careful what we wish for,” he said.

In the interview, Mr Budanov also said strikes in Russian territory could occur “deeper and deeper” though he maintained the official policy of not claiming responsibility for any of the attacks.

Explosions were recorded on December 5 at Russia’s Engels-2 and Dyagilevo airbases, roughly 450 miles from the Ukrainian border, destroying scores of Russian military equipment.

When probed on whether he would continue to fire missiles in Crimea, Mr Budanov said that it was “Ukrainian territory”.

”We can use any weapon on our territory,” he said.

Putin’s personal decision-making is seen as a key reason for Russian failures of the war in Ukraine.

The head of Russian analysis at the Danish Defence Intelligence Service - whose identity is so secret he was named only as Joakim - earlier said: “It wasn’t poor intelligence but Putin’s ideological convictions that led Russian soldiers to believe they would be greeted with flowers.

“It was because of Putin that everything was planned by a narrow circle of people and only shared through the ranks at the very last minute.

“Because of this, the Russian forces simply did not know what they were supposed to be doing.”

Alice Peacock

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