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Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov denies Putin’s illness

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied speculation that President Vladimir Putin is ill after all sorts of speculations have surfaced in the press that he is only a few years old.

In an interview with French television, Lavrov said that the Russian leader appears in public every day, the BBC notes.

There has been growing unconfirmed speculation in the press that Putin, who turns 70 this year, could suffer from health problems, possibly cancer.

The interview was given as Russia continues to advance in the Donbas region of Ukraine.

Lavrov said the “liberation” of the eastern region was an “unconditional priority” for Russia.

He reiterated the Kremlin’s widely discredited line that Russia was fighting a “neo-Nazi regime.”

Noting that President Putin appears in public on a regular basis, Lavrov told TF1: You can watch it on the screens, read it and listen to the speeches. I leave it to the conscience of those who spread such rumors, despite the daily opportunities, to evaluate what someone looks like. “

Sources in the British secret service were quoted as telling the press that Mr Putin was seriously ill. However, rumors about the health of the Russian leader, known for a long time for his healthy lifestyle and love of sports, have appeared periodically for years.

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Western intelligence agencies have taken a close look at President Putin’s mental and physical health.

This is not only because he gave the order to launch the ill-planned invasion of Ukraine, but also because he has almost exclusive authority over the use of Russia’s vast nuclear arsenal.

They need to know if they are about to launch an impetuous tactical nuclear attack in Ukraine, which would shatter the 77-year absence of the use of these weapons in war.

Is he crazy? Not. He is in full control. But he has become increasingly angry with the West.

Two years of isolation Covid has reinforced Putin’s paranoia that everything the West and NATO do is to Russia’s detriment. But speculation in the Western press that he has serious health problems is – so far – more about desires than anything about concrete medical evidence.

Asked about the human cost of the fighting, which involved devastating artillery and rocket attacks on urban areas, Mr Lavrov insisted that Russian soldiers had been given “strict orders to categorically avoid attacks and blows on civilian infrastructure”.

Since the Russian invasion on February 24, at least 4,031 civilians have been killed and 4,735 wounded, according to the UN, and an unknown number of fighters have been killed or injured. More than 14 million people have fled their homes, with cities reduced to rubble.

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Fighting is now concentrated in the Donbas – the mining belt of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The separatists in the two regions, who historically have strong ties to Russia, broke away in 2014 and are now fighting alongside Russian troops to take full control.

Mr Lavrov told TF1 that victory in “the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, recognized by the Russian Federation as independent states, is an unconditional priority”.

However, he added, it depends on the rest of Ukraine whether the people there are “happy to return under the authority of a neo-Nazi regime that has proven to be essentially Russophobic.”

Russia has already been forced to withdraw from an attempt to conquer the capital, Kyiv, after being repulsed by Ukrainian forces.

In recent weeks, they have also been expelled from the second city, Kharkov, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski has gone to the devastated cities to lift their spirits.

He said his soldiers would defend their country “to the last man.” “The Russians have no chance,” he said. “We will fight and we will definitely win.”

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