According to Major General Kyrylo Budanov, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine could be over by the end of the year, with Russia on the losing side
A coup to oust Russian leader Vladimir Putin is apparently “already underway,” according to Ukraine’s spy chief, who also claims Russia will lose the war with Ukraine by the end of this year.
In the most optimistic assessment by a Ukrainian official since the start of the war, Major General Kyrylo Budanov said he believes a turning point in the conflict will come this summer.
The 36-year-old spy chief added that Putin is also set to be ousted from office eventually.
General Budanov told Sky News: “The breaking point will be in the second half of August. Most of the active struggle will be over by the end of this year. Eventually, this will lead to a change of leadership in the Russian Federation,” he added, adding that “this process has already started”.
He also claimed that Putin, 69, is in “very bad mental and physical condition” and said he was suffering from cancer and other diseases.
The Kremlin leader’s health has been the subject of much speculation, with his visibly puffy face being linked to steroids being used to treat one of his many alleged medical conditions.
Another unnamed Russian oligarch has also claimed that Putin is “very ill with blood cancer.” This speculation came when an audio recording of an oligarch, referred to simply as “Yuri,” was shared with New Lines magazine.
In the audio, the oligarch can be heard making claims about Putin’s health and suffering from back problems as evidence of his blood cancer.
According to Ashley Grossman, Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Oxford, blood cancers such as lymphoma or myeloma are known to cause bone diseases that can affect the spine and back.
Some claims also suggest that Putin has Parkinson’s disease, with video footage showing him clinging to a table to steady his shaking hands in April.
Putin was also seen walking awkwardly across Red Square during this week’s Victory Day Parade, which speculation has suggested may have been to hide a limp.
He was also spotted with a blanket on his lap during the patriotic holiday on Monday, May 9, despite the relatively warm weather in Moscow that day.
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Putin fueled further rumors about his health when he missed an annual ice hockey game during the Russian Night Hockey League National Festival.
The Kremlin boss, who has a habit of skating across the ice at the game, missed it this year for only the second time since 2012.
In recent years, Putin’s public appearances have been less frequent, particularly as he has taken extra precautions against Covid-19. His paranoia about the Covid rules has also been linked to a weakened immune system due to his alleged blood cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Christo Grozev, an expert on Russian affairs, has said that many top military, security officials and oligarch cronies believe Putin is dying or seriously ill, given a number of signs of his alleged ill health.
Following Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons to attack Ukraine and the West, Mr. Grozev has also claimed that believing in Putin’s ill health and impending death means his inner circle is unlikely to obey Putin’s orders to kill opposition opponents.