There have long been rumors about the health of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The head of the Ukrainian military intelligence service, Kyrylo Budanov, has now said in an interview with the US broadcaster “ABC News” that Putin has been suffering from cancer for a long time. He knew that for sure, Budanov said. Sources close to the Kremlin have confirmed this.

“I think he will die very quickly. I hope very soon,” said Budanov. Ukraine wants to end the war before Putin’s death, says the head of the secret service, confident of victory. After Putin’s death, there would be a transfer of power that “will benefit the whole world,” he said.

Budanov also announced that there would be more attacks on Russian territory in the future. He added that the attacks were “getting deeper” into Russia’s interior, but could only comment on his country’s responsibility for the attacks after the end of the war. Budanov also announced that Ukraine was planning a major offensive in the spring to recapture areas across the country. He expects the “hottest” champions in March.