VLADIMIR Putin’s rule is under speculation as rumours of ill health have left officials “chattering” about his future, say Western officials.
The Russian president will likely face “political consequences” when the country next goes to the polls in 2024, particularly as rumours about his health continue to circulate, a source said.
While loss of support for Mr Putin is likely to come too late to bring the Ukrainian war to a swift end, an official said there is growing talk about who will replace him.
According to Yahoo News an official said: “There is more chatter about his health, more speculation about succession,
“One of my contacts said to me President Putin did look tired and a bit old but he has dragged his country back 40 years in four months.”
Meanwhile, UK defence chiefs say Russian forces have suffered “extraordinary” losses in Ukraine.
Both Russia and Ukraine’s regular armies have seen so many soldiers killed and wounded that “the ability to generate and deploy reserve units to the front is likely becoming increasingly critical to the outcome of the war,” they added.
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