Vladimir Putin cancer surgery: An International British media report citing a ‘Kremlin insider’ has claimed that the Russian President Vladimir Putin might be forced to give up control of the Ukraine war for a few days while he prepares for his cancer surgery.
While he is said to under the knife for his cancer, Putin is expected to choose hardline Security Council head and ex-FSB commander Nikolai Patrushev to lead the invasion, say some reports.
Patrushev, 70, a shadowy figure regarded as a key architect of the war strategy thus far, is the man who persuaded Putin that Kyiv is swamped with neo-Nazis.
The claims were made on the popular Telegram channel General SVR, whose source is said to be a high-ranking Kremlin official, according to the report.
General SVR reported that Putin has abdominal cancer and Parkinson’s.
The report comes amid rumours that Putin will declare war on Ukraine and order the mass mobilisation of military-age men, posing a significant political risk. The surgical procedure was supposed to take place in the second part of April, but it was postponed, according to SVR.
‘Putin was advised to have surgery, and the date is currently being discussed and decided upon,’ according to the website and some unofficial news.
‘There appears to be no pressing need, but it cannot be postponed, say people close to Putin after several months of reviewing.