Putin escaped an assassination attempt two months ago, according to a military official in Ukraine.
A top Ukrainian military official said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin escaped an assassination attempt two months ago.
According to Ukrainska Pravda, Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov revealed a “unsuccessful attempt” on the Russian strongman’s life occurred in the Caucasus shortly after Russia invaded the country on February 24.
“There was an attempt on Putin’s life,” Budanov said to the site. “Representatives from the Caucasus are believed to have attacked him not long ago.”
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and sections of southern Russia make up the Caucasus, also known as Caucasia, which is between the Black and Caspian oceans.
Budanov claimed the “completely failed” assassination attempt occurred roughly two months ago in an undisclosed location.
Budanov continued, “I repeat, this endeavor was failed.” “This event received no publicity, but it took place.”
According to Ukrainska Pravda, Budanov’s interview will be broadcast in its entirety on Tuesday.
The assertion, which could not be independently corroborated, comes amid reports that Putin, 69, had surgery to drain fluid from his belly as his health allegedly deteriorates.
An oligarch close to the Kremlin has reportedly said Putin is “very ill with blood cancer” during an 11-minute recording obtained by New Lines Magazine.
Budanov Metronews247 earlier this month he was “optimistic” about turning the tide against Russia by mid-August, leading to Putin being removed from power by the end of the year in a Kremlin coup.
“It will eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation,” Budanov said. “This process has already been launched and they are moving into that way.”
In 2017, Putin disclosed to director Oliver Stone in “The Putin Interviews” that he’s survived at least five assassination attempts, but claimed he wasn’t worried about his safety.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, meanwhile, on Monday called for “maximum” sanctions to be meted out against Russia during a virtual speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He also wants the complete withdrawal of foreign companies from Russia amid the war while saying Ukraine needs at least $5 billion in funding monthly.
“This is what sanctions should be: They should be maximum, so that Russia and every other potential aggressor that wants to wage a brutal war against its neighbor would clearly know the immediate consequences of their actions,” Zelensky said via a translator.
“The amount of work is enormous: We have more than half a trillion of dollars in losses, tens of thousands of facilities were destroyed,” Zelensky continued. “We need to rebuild entire cities and industries.”