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Amid reports that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is stalling, one former ex-KGB agent has claimed that Vladimir Putin’s health is “not good” and suggested that the end of his career as leader is “near”.
After taking the shock decision to order the invasion of Ukraine over a month ago, there have been reports that the despot is suffering from ill-health, with one investigation allegedly finding that Putin is being accompanied by a top cancer doctor.
And, a voice analysis taking over an hour of samples from the Russian President has also suggested that Putin is in a “state of psychological instability” after he threatened to cut off gas supplies to the West.
Viktor Makarov trained with Putin in the Soviet Union security service, the KGB, before separating as Putin went on to specialise in internal operations, monitoring political opponents and Viktor worked on foreign intelligence.
Speaking on The Times Red Box, Viktor added to speculation surrounding Putin’s alleged health struggles, but also warned: “He is not as headless as he pretends to be.
“I can only guess but his state of health is not good. He is enjoying being feared,” he added. “In my opinion the end of Putin’s career is near.”
The head of the UK’s British spy organisation GCHQ recently claimed that Russian soldiers are “refusing to carry out orders” and “shooting down their own aircraft” as the country’s invasion appears to have ground to a halt.
And, addressing the war, Viktor agreed with Sir Jeremy Fleming’s assessment that Russia will not win.
“As far as the prospects of the war are concerned, I think Ukraine will not be defeated,” he suggested.
“Russia is clearly bogged down, she’s unable to win. It can escalate, but with some assistance with weapons from the West, Ukraine will hold firm and probably even push Russia back.
“At the same time, Russia has found itself in a very vulnerable position, these current sanctions which turned out to be totally unexpected for Putin, they have already had such a devastating effect on the economy.”
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