There have been some serious rumors swirling about the health and well-being of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, and the latest allegations coming out of Ukraine could corroborate some of this gossip.
Putin, according to some Pentagon sources, is suffering from a terminal cancer diagnosis, possibly in his bowels, and has been forced to transfer power to a close political confidant during at least one recent medical procedure.
But new accusations from the Ukrainian intel chief certainly make the situation appear all the more dire for the Russian dictator.
This week, Ukraine‘s newly-appointed military intelligence chief, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, told Ukrainian TV that Putin’s height and even ears appear to have changed in recent appearances.
“The picture, let’s say, of the ears, is different,” he said during an appearance on the channel ‘Groshi’, meaning money.
“And it’s like a fingerprint, each person’s ear picture is unique. It cannot be repeated.”
Budanov was also cited by Ukrainian news outlet TSN as saying he believes the Russian president is seriously ill and using body doubles to avoid public appearances.
He claimed that although very similar, the Putin body doubles “have different habits, different mannerisms, different gaits, sometimes even different heights if you looked closely”.
Budanov earlier claimed that Putin was replaced by a body double during a recent trip to Iran.
He told Ukraine’s 1+1 news channel that the president appeared more energetic than usual when he touched down for talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Please look at the moment of Putin’s exit from the plane,” he said. “Is it Putin at all?”
If true, the news would add a great deal of severity to the story of Putin’s cancer diagnosis, and could set a rather monumental global power shift into motion.