A Ukrainian intelligence official said he believes the reason Russian President Vladimir Putin is still alive, despite being rumored to be suffering from severe illnesses, is because he is receiving treatment from Western doctors.
Maj. Gen. Vadym Skibitskyi, Deputy Head of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, added that “everything would be over faster” if Russian doctors were responsible for Putin’s treatment.
“Unfortunately, Putin is being treated by the best Western doctors, which is why he is still alive. If he was treated by Russian doctors, everything would be over faster,” Skibitskyi said in an interview with Delfi news agency, as translated by Ukrainska Pravda.
Russia first launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Since then, Putin has become the subject of multiple rumors claiming he is suffering from severe ailments, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
Most recently, Ukraine’s chief of defense intelligence Kyrylo Budanov said he knows for sure Putin has cancer, adding that the Russian leader “will die very quickly” and “very soon.”
In December, Russian historian and political analyst Valery Solovey told Ukrainian YouTube channel Odesa Film Studio that he is “certain” Putin is receiving specialized therapy that is not available in Russia.
“I would say that the treatment has been too successful,” Solovey added.
In November, the British newspaper The Sun claimed it had seen leaked emails from a Russian intelligence source close to the Kremlin where it was confirmed that Putin is suffering from pancreatic cancer and early-stage Parkinson’s disease. The email further said that the Russian leader is “regularly” receiving heavy steroids and painkillers for his illness, causing puffiness and memory lapses.
An intelligence officer from the Danish Military Intelligence Services (FE), however, dismissed rumors that Putin is suffering from a terminal illness. The officer told Berlingske in an interview that Putin is instead experiencing chronic pain after several falls and accidents.
The officer further added that they do not expect Putin to die from the illness he is currently suffering, but said it may lead the Russian elite to call for Putin’s replacement.
In addition to discussing Putin’s health, Skibitskyi also suggested that Putin’s regime, as well as Russia itself, will likely collapse if Moscow’s next offensive in the war in Ukraine fails.
“Spring and early summer will be decisive in the war. If the major Russian offensive planned for this time fails, it will be the collapse of Russia and Putin,” he added.