Russia Ukraine War: A Ukrainian military officer has claimed that there was an assassination attempt on Russian President Vladimir Putin recently, in which he narrowly survived. This claim has come at a time when the Russia-Ukraine conflict has intensified and rumors are spreading about Putin’s health. According to Major General Kyrlo Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence, the “failed” attempt took place in the Caucasus (an area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea). He has claimed that this attempt happened soon after Russia’s attack on Ukraine on 24 February. He spoke to Ukrainian online newspaper Ukranska Pravda about the incident.
Budanov claims the incident 2 months ago
The Ukrainian outlet quoted Budanov as saying, “There was an attempt to assassinate Putin… It is said that he was also attacked by representatives of the Caucasus.” He said, “This is non-public information. (It was an absolutely failed attempt, but it actually happened… It is an incident about 2 months back.”
There is speculation about Putin’s health
Budanov’s claim could not be verified. But this claim comes weeks after reports surfaced of Putin undergoing a surgery to remove fluid from his abdomen. The Express report said the operation went “well and without complications.” In addition, in a recorded conversation of a Russian elite with close ties to the Russian leader, he is heard saying that Putin has blood cancer.
Earlier this month, in an interview with Sky News, Budanov predicted that the Ukraine war would reach a turning point by mid-August and would end by the end of this year, prompting a change of leadership in Russia.
Putin publicly disclosed in 2017 that he had survived at least five assassination attempts. He also said that he is not worried about his safety.
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