Vlad Putin’s sudden urge to go on a murderous and fatalist mission to erase Ukraine from the map has long seemed a bit out of place. Sure, we know that Putin isn’t all there in terms of human rights, but this feels desperate, even for him. This is especially true when you consider that there is no coming back from this.
Russia won’t be welcomed back into the international community until Putin is gone. None of his oligarch buddies are getting their yachts back. The entire economy of the Russian Federation is in tatters.
And, of course, Putin himself will likely be dragged to the Hague for war crimes when it’s all said and done.
This has led to plenty of speculation regarding Putin’s mindset, and whether or not he even intends to survive all of this.
A bloated Vladimir Putin has been seen gripping a table whilst slouching in his chair during a televised meeting with his defence minister amid rumours the Russian strongman is battling cancer.Trending:
In a rare live appearance, Putin claimed Russia had ‘liberated’ the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol, as he savagely ordered Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to seal off all routes out of the Azovstal steelworks where defiant Ukrainians are holed up ‘so that even a fly cannot pass through’.
But Putin’s poor posture and his apparently bloated face and neck sparked speculation about the Russian leader’s health, which has reportedly been in decline since his invasion of Ukraine.
Photos of the moment were telling.
Video showed Putin speaking to Shoigu whilst gripping the edge of the table with his right hand – so hard that it appears white – and tapping his foot consistently.
Shoigu does not appear to have fared any better in the eight weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, with the defence minister slurring his words and reading from his notes following an apparent heart attack.
A bloated Vladimir Putin has been seen gripping a table whilst slouching in his chair during a televised meeting with his defence minister Sergei Shoigu amid rumours the Russian strongman is battling cancer. Shoigu does not appear to have fared any better in the eight weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, with the defence minister slurring his words and reading from his notes following an apparent heart attack
Putin is believed to be suffering from terminal bowel cancer, according to as-of-yet unnamed Pentagon source.