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Putin’s coup is ongoing and ‘unstoppable’, says Ukrainian military intelligence chief

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves Red Square after the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images

  • A coup aimed at overthrowing Russian President Vladimir Putin is underway, according to Ukraine’s military intelligence chief.

  • The coup is “unstoppable”, Major General Kyrylo Budanov told Sky News.

  • The Russian leader is in “a very bad psychological and physical condition”, Budanov said.

A coup aimed at overthrowing Russian President Vladimir Putin is underway and cannot be stopped, according to Ukraine’s military intelligence chief.

Speaking to Sky News, Major General Kyrylo Budanov said a Russian military defeat would lead to Putin’s withdrawal and the country’s eventual collapse.

“It will eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation,” Budanov said, according to Sky News. “This process has already been initiated.”

Budanov said “yes” when pressed by Sky News’ international affairs editor Dominic Waghorn whether this means a coup attempt is currently underway.

“They are going down this road and there is no stopping it,” he added.

Insider previously reported that all of the grievances that traditionally drive a coup in Russia are in place, but Putin has spent decades making his regime “coup proof”.

Poor military performance, sagging morale and a struggling economy make a coup against the Russian dictator more likely, Insider reported, but the existence of the FSB, FSO and Rosgvardia serves to protect him.

In the Sky News exclusive interview, Budanov claimed that Putin was “in a very bad psychological and physical condition and was very ill”.

This follows a report that an unnamed Russian oligarch closely linked to the Kremlin has been recorded saying that Putin is “very sick with blood cancer”.

There was one a lot of speculation if the Russian leader is sick. Video footage emerged in late April showing Putin shaking “uncontrollably”, suggesting he may have Parkinson’s disease.

Commentators also pointed to his unusually swollen face as a sign of steroid use and possible illness, as well as the use of a blanket for warmth during the VE Day military parade in Russia last week.

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