The Ukrainian secret service assumes that Kremlin ruler Vladimir Putin is suffering from cancer. He is also said to have survived an assassination attempt against him unscathed. How secure the information is remains unclear.

In an interview with the Ukrainian newspaper Ukrainska Pravda, the head of the Ukrainian military intelligence service, Kyrylo Budanov, spoke about the Kremlin ruler Vladimir Putin. According to Budanov, his secret service can confirm that Putin has cancer. And: He survived an assassination attempt unscathed.

“Yes, we can fully confirm the information that Putin has cancer. He suffers from several serious illnesses, one of which is cancer,” Budanov told the newspaper. Putin still has a few years to live. “Whether we like it or not, that’s the truth,” Budanov is quoted as saying.

The head of the secret service also reports that there was an attempted assassination attempt on the Russian president shortly after the start of the war. “There was an attempted assassination of Putin by representatives of the Caucasus not so long ago,” Budanov said.

Although the attempt failed, the incident was kept under wraps by the Kremlin. “It was an absolutely unsuccessful attempt, but it really happened. It was about two months ago,” Budanov said.

Budanov does not say who exactly the alleged assassins are and what their motives were. The head of the secret service also did not provide any further information about Putin’s cancer. The “Ukrainska Pravda” is also a pro-Ukraine newspaper. Both pieces of information cannot be verified independently.

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