Ukraine war latest live: Sick Putin has 24/7 'team of doctors' following him as he 'takes treatment breaks in meetings'

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin is reportedly on constant watch by a "team of doctors" as his condition rapidly deteriorates.

Putin's rumoured health struggles will see him lose control of the Russian government, an ex MI6 agent said.

As reports that the tyrant is is suffering from cancer abound, ex-spy Christopher Steele claims the Kremlin is in "increasing disarray and chaos"

These reports follow a series of public appearances that Putin has missed, feeling suggestions that he is in a worse condition everyday.

Steele went on to say that, even when Putin is present he provides "no clear political leadership."

Suggestions that Putin is sick have been around for some time, with the past five years of his leadership being littered with mysterious absences.

Follow our Russia-Ukraine live blog below for up-to-the-minute updates…

  • The Sun

    Kyiv will not make concessions for Moscow, Zelensky advisor says

    The Ukrainian leadership is currently seeking peace talks with Russia.

    However, the country will not concede to any of Russia's demands, according Mykhailo Podolyak.

    The leading Ukrainian advisor noted that if they allow Russia to get what they want, the war will never end.

    “The war will not stop [after concessions]. It will just be put on pause for some time,” Podolyak, Ukraine’s lead negotiator, explained to Reuters on Saturday.

    “They’ll start a new offensive, even more bloody and large-scale.”

  • The Sun

    Russia’s ‘unstoppable’ Satan-2 nuke

    Just days ago, Russian state TV said Britain could be bombed “back to the stone age” in ten minutes using Putin‘s “unstoppable” 7,000mph hypersonic nuke missiles.

    A Kremlin mouthpiece threatened to use Moscow’s new Zirzon weapon system to plunge the country into permanent darkness by wiping out 50 or 60 power stations.

    Politician Aleksey Zhuravlyov and another TV propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov have previously suggested striking Britain with Satan-2.

    Zhuravlyov threatened to nuke Britain with its Satan-2 hypersonic missile in 200 seconds and obliterate Finland in just ten.

    Rogozin has also warned that NATO countries can be destroyed within half an hour in a nuclear attack.

    Meanwhile, Russian state TV also threatened to wipe “boorish Britain” off the map for supporting Ukraine.

    And Putin has warned he will use nuclear weapons against the West if anyone interferes in Ukraine.

  • The Sun

    Zelensky calls for 'diplomacy' to end Ukraine War

    As fighting continues in the across Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for "diplomacy".

    This plea comes amid deadlock talks between Kyiv and Moscow.

    “The end will be through diplomacy,” he told a Ukrainian television channel. The war “will be bloody, there will be fighting but will only definitively end through diplomacy”.

    “There are things that can only be reached at the negotiating table,” he said.” We want everything to return (to as it was before)” but “Russia does not want that”, he said, without elaborating.

    While Ukrainian authorities remain hopeful of peace, talks with Russia have not officially took place since April 22.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Putin promises to bolster Russia’s cyber security

    Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has claimed that the frequency of cyberattacks on the country by what he called foreign “state structures” had increased several times over.

    “Targeted attempts are being made to disable the internet resources of Russia‘s critical information infrastructure,” Putin said.

    He added that media and financial institutions were among those that had been targeted.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia to halt gas supplies to Finland

    Russia yesterday said it would stop providing natural gas to neighbouring Finland after the Scandinavian country applied for NATO membership & refused to pay supplier Gazprom in rubles.

    Following Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has asked clients from “unfriendly countries” — including EU member states — to pay for gas in rubles.

    It is being seen as a way to sidestep Western financial sanctions against its central bank.

    Gazprom said in a statement Saturday that it had “completely stopped gas deliveries” as it had not received ruble payments from Finland’s state-owned energy company Gasum “by the end of the working day on May 20”.

    Gazprom said it had supplied 1.49 billion cubic metres of natural gas to Finland in 2021, equal to about two thirds of the country’s gas consumption.

    However, natural gas accounts for around eight percent of Finland’s energy.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Help those fleeing conflict with The Sun’s Ukraine Fund

    PICTURES of women and children fleeing the horror of Ukraine’s devastated towns and cities have moved Sun readers to tears.

    Many of you want to help the five million caught in the chaos — and now you can, by donating to The Sun’s Ukraine Fund.

    Give as little as £3 or as much as you can afford and every penny will be donated to the Red Cross on the ground helping women, children, the old, the infirm and the wounded.

    Donate here to help The Sun’s fund

    Or text to 70141 from UK mobiles

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Police officers welcome Ukrainian children by handing out teddy bears

    Police officers in Kent have welcomed Ukrainian children by handing out hand- knitted teddy bears. 

    The soft toys were made by volunteers.

    The bears are usually given to children who visit police stations having been traumatised as victims of crime, or as a result of witnessing an upsetting incident. 

    Acting Chief Inspector Lizzie Jones, District Commander for Tonbridge, said: “The war in Ukraine has torn families apart and been traumatic for millions of people who have witnessed horrendous acts of aggression and suffered unimaginable loss.” 

    She added: “We hope they were of some small comfort to the Ukrainian children we met, and that they can now start to rebuild their lives away from the horrors of war”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Zelensky: ‘Only diplomacy’ will resolve Ukraine war

    The Ukraine war can only be resolved through “diplomacy”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday amid a deadlock in negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow.

    “The end will be through diplomacy,” he told a Ukrainian television channel. The war “will be bloody, there will be fighting but will only definitively end through diplomacy”.

    “There are things that can only be reached at the negotiating table,” he said.” We want everything to return (to as it was before)” but “Russia does not want that”, he said, without elaborating.

    On Tuesday, Kyiv’s lead negotiator Mykhaylo Podolyak said talks with Moscow were “on hold” after taking place regularly in the earlier stages of the conflict but without substantial results.

    The following day Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused Kyiv authorities of not wanting to continue talks to end hostilities.

    “Talks are indeed not moving forward and we note the complete lack of will of Ukrainian negotiators to continue this process,” he said.

    The last talks took place on April 22, according to Russian news agencies.

    After failing to take Kyiv following the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Russian troops are now concentrating on the east of the country, where fierce clashes are ongoing.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Shocking photos show how Putin has descended

    VLADIMIR Putin has descended from a macho strongman to a bloated butcher who struggles to walk in the space of just three years, pictures reveal.

    Since first becoming Russia‘s president in 2000, Vlad has prided himself on his strongman image, having himself photographed riding horses shirtless, taking part in judo demonstrations, tracking tigers, and working out.

    But in the past three years, he has become unrecognisable, with his previously gaunt face turning bloated, and his swagger giving way to a feeble, slumped-over stance.

    Many pictures have been taken over the years for propaganda purposes, including a 2008 photo of him checking a satellite tracker on a Siberian tiger.

    Putin’s seemingly ageless looks have sparked years of rumours that the Russian leader has had regular cosmetic surgery.

    In just three years, Putin’s appearance has drastically altered, and where once the Russian leader seemed to be ageing in reverse, his face now appears puffy while his demeanour has also changed.

    Pictures released by the Kremlin in 2020 of his end-of-year address show a drastically different Putin from just a year earlier, with his face appearing far puffier.

    Gone is the confident, swaggering world statesman, and in its place is a slouching and feeble tyrant.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia’s ‘unstoppable’ Satan-2 nuke

    Just days ago, Russian state TV said Britain could be bombed “back to the stone age” in ten minutes using Putin‘s “unstoppable” 7,000mph hypersonic nuke missiles.

    A Kremlin mouthpiece threatened to use Moscow’s new Zirzon weapon system to plunge the country into permanent darkness by wiping out 50 or 60 power stations.

    Politician Aleksey Zhuravlyov and another TV propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov have previously suggested striking Britain with Satan-2.

    Zhuravlyov threatened to nuke Britain with its Satan-2 hypersonic missile in 200 seconds and obliterate Finland in just ten.

    Rogozin has also warned that NATO countries can be destroyed within half an hour in a nuclear attack.

    Meanwhile, Russian state TV also threatened to wipe “boorish Britain” off the map for supporting Ukraine.

    And Putin has warned he will use nuclear weapons against the West if anyone interferes in Ukraine.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Moscow may swap Ukraine prisoners for Putin ally, says negotiator

    Moscow will consider exchanging prisoners from Ukraine's Azov battalion for Viktor Medvedchuk, a wealthy Ukrainian businessman close to President Vladimir Putin, a Russian negotiator said on Saturday.

    "We are going to study the possibility," said Leonid Slutsky, a senior member of Russia's negotiating team on Ukraine, speaking from the separatist city of Donetsk in southeastern Ukraine, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

    Medvedchuk, 67, is a politician and one of Ukraine's richest people and is known for his close ties to Putin. He is also a politician.

    He escaped from house arrest after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February but was re-arrested in mid-April.

    On Friday the Russian army announced that the last defenders of the strategic port city of Mariupol, in southeastern Ukraine, had surrendered after holding out at the Azovstal steelworks for weeks.

    Among the Ukrainian fighters who gave themselves up to the Russian troops were members of the Azov regiment, a former paramilitary unit which has integrated into the Ukrainian armed forces.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Zelenskyy urges Italian PM to slap Russia with more sanctions

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he talked to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Saturday and stressed the importance of more sanctions on Russia and unblocking Ukrainian ports.

    The Ukraine leader tweeted that he had also thanked Draghi for his "unconditional support" of Ukraine's bid to become a member of the European Union.

    Draghi had initiated the call, the hero president said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Vladimir Putin health update

    The Russian tyrant is widely reported to be suffering from cancer and Parkinson's Disease with pictures showing his face bloated.

    An insider has also claimed Mad Vlad has even missed his gymnast lover’s Alina Kabaeva’s birthday because he had to undergo an operation.

    A top oligarch has claimed the Russian leader is "very ill with blood cancer,"

    An investigation by Russian independent journalists found that Putin was surrounded permanently by a large medical team led by a specialist thyroid cancer surgeon. 

    Another version is that he is suffering from abdominal cancer.

    There are rumours in Moscow that he is due to face surgery for cancer imminently, and that he may put trusted aide Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian security council, in charge while he is incapacitated. 

    In a recent video, Putin seemed to retch and splutter as he gripped the table for support during talks with ally Sergey Chemezov.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Oliver Stone: 'The Putin I knew was rational and calm'

    Earlier, director Oliver Stone said of Putin: "It's been three years since I saw him for the last time, but the man I knew had nothing to do with the mad, irresponsible and murderous man that the media present today comparing him to Hitler and Stalin.

    “The Putin I knew was rational, calm, always acting in the interest of the Russian people, a true son of Russia, a patriot, which does not imply a nationalist."

    His comments come amid speculation about Putin's health with rumours suggesting he is currently suffering from cancer.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Director Oliver Stone says Putin possibly invaded Ukraine 'because he lost touch' with people

    Concerns about Putin's health were sparked during the pandemic, as his deep isolation led to speculations he may be suffering from another medical condition.

    He then imposed strict quarantine rules to his visitors who were forced to isolate for two weeks and pass through an elaborate disinfectant spraying machine before meeting him in person.

    Explaining why Putin may have misjudged the invasion of Ukraine, Stone speculated that “perhaps he lost touch – contact – with people”.

    It was not clear if Putin was getting the correct intelligence, he admitted. 

    “You would think he was not well informed perhaps, about the degree of cooperation he would get from the [ethnic Russians] in Ukraine…

    “That would be one factor, that he didn’t assess the situation correctly.” 

    It could also be that his “isolation from normal activity” and no longer meeting people “face to face” due to health concerns for Putin over Covid may have led to errors. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    Putin HAS had cancer but ‘licked it’, film director pal Oliver Stone reveals

    VLADIMIR Putin had cancer in the past but "licked it" his pal film director Oliver Stone has claimed.

    The Oscar-winning filmmaker's claim comes amid rumours the Russian President has been ill for the past five years and is constantly surrounded by a team of doctors.

    Stone was granted unprecedented access to the Kremlin leader over a two year period, for two in-depth interviews between 2015 and 2017.

    Speaking in a new podcast Stone said that the Russian President had suffered from cancer and that he believed he had overcome it. 

    “Remember this, Mr Putin has had this cancer and I think he’s licked it,” he told podcast interviewer Lex Fridman.

    “But he’s also been isolated because of Covid.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia says 963 Americans are banned from entering country

    Russia said on Saturday it had so far banned 963 Americans from entering the country – including previously announced moves against President Joe Biden and other top officials – and would continue to retaliate against what it called hostile U.S. actions.

    The largely symbolic travel bans form part of a downward spiral in Russia's relations with the West since its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, which prompted Washington and its allies to impose drastic sanctions on Moscow and step up arms supplies to Ukraine.

    Separately, the Foreign Ministry said it had added 26 new names to a list of Canadians it has barred from travelling to Russia, including defence chiefs, defence industry executives and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    Publishing the full list of banned Americans for the first time, the ministry said: "We emphasize that the hostile actions taken by Washington, which boomerang against the United States itself, will continue to receive a proper rebuff."

    It said Russian counter-sanctions were a necessary response aimed at "forcing the ruling American regime, which is trying to impose a neo-colonial 'rules-based world order' on the rest of the world, to change its behavior, recognizing new geopolitical realities."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Royal Family 'providing accomodation to Ukrainian refugee families'

    The royal family are reportedly providing accommodation to Ukrainian families who have been forced to flee their homeland.

    Members of the royals have vowed to "do their bit" and are housing refugees but the family has "no wish" for publicity, according to the Daily Express.

    Some 53,800 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the UK under visa schemes, including the Homes for Ukraine programme, which amounts to just over half the number of visas granted.

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman told the Express: "We are assisting in a number of ways but will not be commenting further."

    It is not known which royals are housing refugees or where the accommodation is being provided, with the palace contacted for further information.

    The palace was used to house royal refugees during the Second World War, with Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands as well as Norway's King Haalon and his son Prince Olaf staying there after fleeing the Nazis in 1940.

    The Prince of Wales said last month he hopes Britain is welcoming to Ukrainians, in an "emotional" meeting with families who have fled Vladimir Putin's invasion.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Zelenskyy: Ukraine needs full EU candidacy not 'compromise'

    Ukraine needs to become a full candidate to join the EU, rather than signing up to the kind of broader "European political community" antechamber proposed by France, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Saturday.

    During a joint press conference with Portuguese PM Antonio Costa,Zelenskyy said: "We don't need any alternatives to the application of Ukraine to join the European Union, we don't need such compromises," Zelenskyy told reporters in Kyiv during a joint press conference with visiting Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

    French President Emmanuel Macron raised hackles in Ukraine on May 9 by suggesting that the country could take "decades" to become a full EU member and should aspire instead to join a "European political community," a sort of antechamber for the European Union.

    Ukraine would notably have to meet rigorous standards in governance, fight corruption and apply the rule of law before it could be admitted as an EU member.

    Russia invaded Ukraine in February, in part to thwart Kyiv's tilt towards integration with the EU and NATO. But Zelensky was adamant on Saturday that his country should be allowed to start the process towards full EU membership.

    "Because, believe me, it will not be compromise with Ukraine in Europe, it will be another compromise between Europe and Russia. I a m absolutely sure of that.This is the influence and political and diplomatic pressure of Russian officials and lobbyists on the decision of a European country to support Ukraine or not," he continued.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Go, Vlad Lad! Putin’s maniacal war has resurrected Nato

    This is a comment piece by Rod Liddle

    You’ve got to hand it to Vladimir Putin – very few politicians can bring the dead back to life.

    But this idiot has just about managed it, with Nato.

    Four months ago, this defensive alliance was on life support. It was seen as being a creature of the past, of no relevance any more.

    The European Left have always hated it, for a start.

    But even centrist politicians in Paris and Berlin were beginning to question its effectiveness.

    Some resented being under the effective military control of Washington DC.

    They thought a European army allied to the European Union might be a better bet.

     Ha! Can you imagine that?

    If war broke out, they’d spend the next two years passing resolutions.

    Arguing among themselves about health-and-safety implications.

    Debating what to do over large bottles of claret.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia’s ‘unstoppable’ Satan-2 nuke

    Just days ago, Russian state TV said Britain could be bombed “back to the stone age” in ten minutes using Putin‘s “unstoppable” 7,000mph hypersonic nuke missiles.

    A Kremlin mouthpiece threatened to use Moscow’s new Zirzon weapon system to plunge the country into permanent darkness by wiping out 50 or 60 power stations.

    Politician Aleksey Zhuravlyov and another TV propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov have previously suggested striking Britain with Satan-2.

    Zhuravlyov threatened to nuke Britain with its Satan-2 hypersonic missile in 200 seconds and obliterate Finland in just ten.

    Rogozin has also warned that NATO countries can be destroyed within half an hour in a nuclear attack.

    Meanwhile, Russian state TV also threatened to wipe “boorish Britain” off the map for supporting Ukraine.

    And Putin has warned he will use nuclear weapons against the West if anyone interferes in Ukraine.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Finland's president held "open and direct" talks with Turkey's Erdogan

    Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Saturday he had held "open and direct" talks with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Finland's bid for NATO membership.

    Erdogan has publicly questioned whether Finland and Sweden should be allowed to join the military alliance.

    "I stated that as NATO allies Finland and Turkey will commit to each other's security and our relationship will thus grow stronger," Niinisto tweeted after the call.

    "Finland condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Close dialogue continues.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russian forces say Mariupol steel factory ‘totally liberated’

    The Russian army on Friday said it had “totally liberated” the Azovstal steelworks in the strategic port city of Mariupol in southeast Ukraine after the last Ukrainian soldiers inside surrendered.

    “Since May 16, 2,439 Nazis from the Azov (regiment) and Ukrainian troops blocked in the factory have surrendered,” defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

    “Today, May 20, the last group of 531 fighters gave themselves up.”

    He added that Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had informed president Vladimir Putin of “the end of the operation and the complete liberation of the (Azovstal) industrial complex and the city of Mariupol”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Help those fleeing conflict with The Sun’s Ukraine Fund

    PICTURES of women and children fleeing the horror of Ukraine’s devastated towns and cities have moved Sun readers to tears.

    Many of you want to help the five million caught in the chaos — and now you can, by donating to The Sun’s Ukraine Fund.

    Give as little as £3 or as much as you can afford and every penny will be donated to the Red Cross on the ground helping women, children, the old, the infirm and the wounded.

    Donate here to help The Sun’s fund

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia's Gazprom confirms it will halt Russian gas supplies

    Russian energy giant Gazprom said Saturday it had stopped all natural gas supplies to Finland as it had not received payment in rubles.

    After Russia moved troops into Ukraine on February 24, Moscow has asked clients from "unfriendly countries" — including EU member states — pay for gas in rubles, a way to sidestep Western financial sanctions.

    Gazprom said in a statement it had "completely stopped gas deliveries" as it had not received ruble payments from Finland's state-owned energy company Gasum "by the end of the working day on May 20".

    "Starting April 1, payments for gas need to be made in rubles using new bank details, about which the counterparts were informed in a timely manner," Gazprom said.

    Gazprom said it had supplied 1.49 billion cubic metres of natural gas to Finland in 2021, equal to about two thirds of the country's gas consumption.

    However, natural gas accounts for around eight percent of Finland's energy.

    Finland has said it would make up for the shortfall from other sources through the Balticconnector pipeline, which connects Finland to Estonia, and assured that filling stations would run normally.

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