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Last week Ukrainian Major General Kyrylo Budanov also said the Russian leader is seriously ill with cancer and that an operation to remove him is underway in Russia.
Such is the interest in Mr Putin’s health that every meeting he attends is now fiercely analysed for any tell-tale hints he could be ill.
When he met Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon last Tuesday, observers were quick to point out that Mr Putin struggled to sit still and was seen bizarrely tapping his feet for sustained periods.
Christopher Steele, one of Britain’s top former spies, believes the Russian President is now in need of around-the-clock medical care, leaving the Kremlin in a state of disarray.