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Ukraine LIVE: ‘End is near’ for ‘definitely sick’ Putin – US officials break silence

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There is much speculation over the state of the Russian President’s health, with some insisting he could be suffering from cancer. An official from the office of the director of US National Intelligence told Newsweek it was “definitely the case” that Putin was ill, but added: “Whether he’s going to die soon is just mere speculation.” A retired Air Force officer added that, while many have claimed it would be desirable for the leader to leave office, whether by choice or by force, “a power vacuum after Putin could be very dangerous for the world”.

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    Putin’s end is near as ‘definitely sick’

    Vladimir Putin is ‘definitely sick’ and his end is near, top US officials have claimed, amid reports of the Russian leader’s worsening health.

    An official from the office of the director of US National Intelligence it was “definitely” true that Putin is suffering from one illness or another, but added: “Whether he’s going to die soon is just mere speculation.”

    Reports suggest the President has cancer, possibly of the blood. The Kremlin has denied the claim.

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