A Ukrainian military official says Russian President Vladimir Putin has survived an assassination attempt. The confession comes amid ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, which has intensified, and rumors circulating around Mr Putin’s health.
According to Major General Kirillo Budanov, head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence, there were “failed” attempts in the Caucasus – the region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea – shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
He spoke of the incident Ukrainian Pravda.
“Attempts were made to assassinate Putin … he was even attacked by representatives of the Caucasus, not so long ago,” Mr Budanov was quoted as saying by Ukrainian outlets.
“It simply came to our notice then. (It was a) failed attempt, but it really happened … about 2 months ago, “he added.
Ukrainian Pravda Mr Budanov’s full interview will be broadcast on Tuesday.
The claim has not been confirmed, but reports say Mr Putin has undergone surgery to remove fluid from his abdomen.
The operation was performed “well and without complications” To reveal According to the report, the telegram channel General SVR, linked to Russia’s foreign intelligence service, is responsible for the information.
Moreover, an oligarch with close ties to the Russian leader has been described as “very sick of Putin’s blood cancer.”
In an interview earlier this month Sky NewsMr Budanov predicted that the Ukraine war would reach a turning point by mid-August and end later this year, leading to a change of leadership in Russia.
He further added that a coup to overthrow Russian President Vladimir Putin was ongoing and could not be stopped.
As far as Mr Putin is concerned, he publicly stated in 2017 that he had survived at least five assassination attempts and claimed that he was not worried about his safety.