(DCWatchdog.com) – Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose troops have been trying unsuccessfully to conquer pro-Western Ukraine for more than four months now, may not have very much life left due to several serious diseases that he suffers from, according to the head of Ukrainian military intelligence.
On February 24 of this year, Putin dispatched some 200,000 heavily-armed Russian troops to conquer Ukraine in a bid to restore the former Communist Soviet empire. However, the adamant resistance of the Ukrainians has frustrated his conquest while costing Russia at least 35,000 killed in action and more than 10,000 units of military equipment destroyed after 125 days of fighting, according to official Ukrainian estimates.
As the Russian invasion got bogged down, various reports have emerged that Putin is suffering from some type of terminal cancer and Parkinson’s disease and that he underwent very serious cancer surgery in May.
In recent public and video appearances, the Russian President has been seen clutching tables and twitching restlessly with his feet or hands.
“Putin doesn’t have a long life ahead of him,” Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, told USA Today in an interview.
A British expert on Russia, Michael Clarke, has supported that observation, noting that Putin, who will turn 70 in October, is constantly followed by an entire team of doctors.
“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,” Clarke told Sky News.
The Russia expert warned, however, that even if the Russian leader becomes so ill that he has to step down, the war in Ukraine is going to be carried out further by his close aide and fellow ex-KGB agent Nikolai Patrushev “who’s every bit as nasty as he is.”
General SVR, a channel on the Telegram messaging app connected with Putin critic Valery Solovey, an opposition-minded political scientist claiming insider information from the Kremlin, has specified that the Russian President underwent surgery the night of May 16.
“The fact that Putin should be operated on as soon as possible was insisted upon by his attending physicians. According to the doctors involved in the treatment of the President, the operation was successful,” General SVR reported.
Boris Karpichkov, a former KGB agent, living in exile in London, has alleged, citing information from Russian intelligence sources, that Putin suffers from a “severe form of rapidly progressing cancer.”