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Putin was spotted wearing a “rug” for health reasons on Victory Day in Russia

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Russian leader Vladimir Putin wrapped himself in a cozy blanket as he watched the massive display of his country’s military might celebrating the Soviet Union’s struggle against Hitler’s troops

Russian leader Vladimir Putin was seen keeping warm with a thick blanket as he oversaw the massive parade of his country’s military might on Victory Day – the day Russia marks the end of World War II.

While it was a slightly chilly 9C in Moscow this morning, none of the other senior Kremlin dignitaries watching the parade felt the need for a blanket, adding to concerns that the Russian leader’s health was failing.

A user on Twitter commented on the blanket, tweeting, “President Vladimir Putin casts aside his Russian woolen blanket to manfully stride into the unknown.”

While another joked that “Putin stole a blanket from a veteran” after noting that few others had one.

There were reports that Putin was being treated for both cancer and Parkinson’s even before he launched his attack on Ukraine.

The poor progress of his invasion seems to have taken an additional toll on his health.

At a TV session on April 21, the “bloated” leader, who was seated at a desk discussing the invasion with his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, appeared to have gripped the corner of his desk tightly, apparently trying to hide a trembling hand.

A report by Telegram channel General SVR claimed that Putin, who will turn 70 in October, would be incapacitated “for a short time” this month after undergoing surgery. former chief of the Federal Security Service while recovering.

Despite predictions of a fiery Victory Day speech, President Putin was somewhat muted this morning.

He attempted to justify the attack on Ukraine by drawing parallels with the Soviet Union’s struggle against Hitler’s Germany, but was silent on announcing a major new escalation of the conflict.

Instead, he appeared to be preparing the ground for a limited occupation of just that area and abandoning his broader claims to Ukrainian territory, focusing on an allegedly Ukrainian plan for a crackdown on pro-Russian communities in the Donbass region.

“They are fighting for our people in Donbass, for the security of our fatherland, its future,” he said.

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The Russian public is more patriotic by nature and likely took Putin’s words at face value.

However, some Russians who watched the parade on TV may have been given a very different message.

That’s according to the BBC’s Francis Scarr Each show’s name has been changed to “Your hands are covered with the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and their hundreds of murdered children. Television and authorities lie. No to war”.

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