Vladimir Putin is currently using at least three body doubles who have had plastic surgery to look like him, says Ukraine's head of military intelligence.
Stoking further speculation over the Russian despot's health, Major General Kyrylo Budanov said Putin doubles have long been used to stand in for the Russian President on special occasions, but they have now become standard practice.
Budanov said: "We know specifically about three people that keep appearing, but how many there are, we don't know?
READ MORE: Putin dismisses Colonel General after he's branded 'talentless' by warlord Kadyrov
"They all had plastic surgery to look alike.
"The one thing that gives them away is their height. It's visible in videos and pictures. Also gesturing, body language and earlobes, since they are unique for every person."
Budanov, labelled Moscow's public enemy number one by Russian officials for his military effectiveness, also speculated if the doppelgangers are being used to cover up Putin's loss of power in the Kremlin, reports MailOnline.
UK firm's 70ft nuclear fusion machine dubbed 'Big Friendly Gun' could 'change world'
The regular use of Putin lookalikes could indicate the war-mongering tyrant may not be making key military decisions, Budanov also suggested by way of explaining Russia's shambolic and mistake-pocked military strategy.
He told the paper that Ukraine officials were confused by Russia's disastrous plan of attack as it "does not follow any logic", and "no matter how bad" Mad Vlad was, he was "not an idiot".
Budanov said: "The big question is whether the real Putin still exists?"
To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.
Halloween party chaos with 151 dead as bodies strewn across floor in reported stampede
While Budanov wouldn't comment on whether or not the despot had disappeared through an illness or as a result of a power struggle, his comments enflame rumours over Putin's health and state of mind.
Putin has been plagued by health rumours since the start of his invasion of Ukraine, with many speculating initiating the nonsensical war was the act of a dying or addled man.
King Charles 'rakes in £1m' after selling Queen's horses including her last winner
Most recently, Daily Star reported that in a Kremlin-approved footage, a mark seen on the back of Putin's hand could have been made from an IV drip, as he grabbed one of his soldiers.
The footage has since been removed from circulation, which only added to its controversy.
- Lettuce Liz Truss had phone hacked by Putin's spies leaving world on veg of crisis
- Russia accuses Royal Navy saboteurs of 'terrorist attack' on Nord Stream gas pipeline
- Vladimir Putin may not last to the end of the war in Ukraine, says spy chief
Source: Read Full Article