Vladimir Putin has sparked speculation about his health after political analysis began to notice changes in his appearance since he resumed public duty following the Coronavirus pandemic. Russia’s leader effectively disappeared from the public eye during the health crisis and only recently began to be pictured once again surrounded by his aides, albeit keeping them at a distance. Lord Dannatt noted Putin appeared rather “puffy” and struggling to move “freely” as he walked around during the Victory Day parade held in Moscow on Monday.
“I don’t know. But if he goes under a bus, metaphorically or realistically, will the replacement be more any better?”
Claims have emerged since before the start of the invasion of Ukraine in February suggesting Putin has been suffering from some sort of ailment.
The Russian leader has indeed appeared puffier since resuming his public meetings but no confirmation has been offered as to the current state of his health.
Putin took to the ledger on Monday to pay tribute to the dead of World War II as the Russian armed forces showcased their equipment in a clear show of strength set up to terrify Ukraine.
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During his speech, Putin once again rejected claims he launched his so-called “special military operation” without justification, claiming Kyiv’s growing alliance with NATO sparked concerns about the security of Russian borders.
He said: “In Kyiv, they announced the possible acquisition of nuclear weapons, the NATO bloc began actively taking military control of territories adjacent to ours.
“As such, an absolutely unacceptable threat to us was systematically created, and moreover directly on our borders.
“Everything indicated that a clash with the neo-Nazis, the Banderites [Ukrainian Nazi sympathisers], backed by the United States and their junior partners, was inevitable.”
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