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Oligarch claims Russian president Vladimir Putin 'very ill with blood cancer'

Europe News: NEW DELHI: An oligarch with close ties to the Russian leader has reportedly been recorded as saying "Putin is very ill with blood cancer".
NEW DELHI: An oligarch with close ties to the Russian leader has reportedly been recorded as saying "Putin is very ill with blood cancer". According to US media reports, the oligarch said that Putin had surgery on his back linked to his blood cancer shortly before ordering the invasion of Ukraine. "We all hope that Putin dies. He absolutely ruined Russia's economy, Ukraine's economy and many other economies - ruined absolutely," the oligarch reportedly says. Speculations around Putin's health intensified since the Ukraine war as the leader appeared frail at public events including at the Victory Day celebrations last week. In photos and videos on social media, Putin is seen with a thick green cover draped over his legs as he sat alongside WW-2 veterans and senior dignitaries to watch a military parade in Moscow's Red Square. Putin, in a black bomber jacket, was also spotted coughing. A video of a meeting between Putin and Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu, showed him tightly clutching the table for the entirety of the 12-minute clip. 'Coup underway in Russia'Meanwhile, a top Ukrainian military official has also claimed the the Kremlin leader has cancer and other ailments. " He is in a very bad psychological and physical condition and he is very sick," he said. Ukraine intelligence chief Major General Kyrylo Budanov also made claims that a coup was already under way in Moscow to depose Putin, and that the Russian leader was "very sick" with cancer. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in April that reports Putin had cancer were "an invention and a lie." (With inputs from agencies)
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