Vladimir Putin is spiralling over his Ukraine war strategy and will soon no longer be able to hold meetings due to his sharply deteriorating health, it’s claimed.
The president is said to be torn between using tactical nuclear weapons and accepting defeat as officials warn he is ‘out of good options’.
With the Russian death toll now topping 60,000, he has reportedly raised the ‘extreme’ option of handing back newly invaded territories in private conversations with top officials.
The fresh claims come from the General SVR Telegram channel, which claims to offer ‘insider’ information on the Kremlin. Moscow is reportedly looking to shut it down.
Putin’s top officials are rumored to be bracing for his health to dip amid claims he is suffering from cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
‘With a high degree of probability, we can say that soon the president will not be able to personally hold meetings and participate in large events’, the telegram channel alleged.
It went on to claim body doubles have already ‘been used quite often’ to hide the Russian leader’s ill health.
A surge in Covid cases is likely to be used as a reason to explain his absence in the future, it is reported.
The Kremlin has previously denied what it called ‘false reports’ that Putin is unwell.
‘Everything is fine with his health’, said spokesman Dmitry Peskov while replying to a question at a recent briefing.
As rumors about the president’s health continue to swirl, it is apparently feared that admitting defeat in Ukraine would be the ‘beginning of the end’ for his presidency.
There is apparently ‘despondency’ among his senior entourage as a number of varying dramatic options are put on the table.
It’s claimed these include the possibility of mobilizing and using tactical nuclear weapons, or alternatively opening a second front in a third country like Kazakhstan.
Finally, the return of the occupied territories of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv regions to Ukraine is said to have been raised.
The General SVR Telegram channel says military chiefs blame Putin for tactics which have led them to such heavy losses.
‘Almost the entire military leadership of Russia lays the blame for both the unsuccessful start and, in general, the course of the military operation, and the huge losses of manpower and weapons, precisely on President Vladimir Putin’. said the channel.
But they also have ‘no doubt that they will be made guilty for all the failures and problems at the front’.
It comes following a report that a Kremlin official has betrayed Putin and offered to secretly negotiate with the West.
An MI6 chief recently warned the Kremlin is ‘running out of steam’, while the Ministry of Defense agrees that it is ‘growing desperate’.
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