A ‘serious illness’ is ‘affecting Putin’s decision-making’ says ex-British spy

Vladimir Putin is seriously ill and the mystery illness is affecting his decision-making in Ukraine, an ex-British spy has claimed.

Christopher Steele, who ran the Russia desk at MI6 in London between 2006 and 2009 and also worked there in the 1990s, has said he had heard the president of Russia was not well.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, when Putin's troops marched into country and launched a large-scale invasion of the country followed, a steep escalation in the conflict between the two countries.

The ex-Brit spy has said that the escalation comes because of a mystery, serious illness that is affecting the Russian president.

Speaking to Sky News, Steele said: "Certainly, from what we're hearing from sources in Russia and elsewhere, is that Putin is, in fact, quite seriously ill.

"It's not clear exactly what this illness is – whether it's incurable or terminal, or whatever. But certainly, I think it's part of the equation."

A string of claims concerning the health of the Russian president have been aired since the invasion of Ukraine, with reports suggesting the Kremlin leader could be suffering from cancer or suffering from Parkinson's or even early-onset dementia.

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Mr Steele's comments on Putin's health come after Ukrainian Major General Kyrylo Budanov claimed the Russian leader was seriously ill with cancer and that an operation to remove it was underway.

Ashley Grossman, a professor of endocrinology at Oxford University, commented on the recent years of Putin and his puffy face, which could be a sign of steroids and chemotherapy drug use, The Mirror reported.

Grossman, speaking to New Lines, said: "Putin has always been a very fit-looking man with a slightly gaunt appearance.

"But over the last couple of years, he seems to have filled out in the face and neck. Cushingoid appearance, it's called, and it's compatible with steroid use."

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