Ukraine-Russia war LIVE – 'Hunched' Vladimir Putin fidgets & twitches in shocking meeting video fuelling cancer rumours

VLADIMIR Putin appeared twitchy and hunched in new footage as rumours continue to swirl around his health.

The footage shows Putin having a meeting with his close ally Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

Russia's mad tyrant was seated in a chair and once again appeared to looking uncomfortable.

He was awkwardly perched on his chair and sat hunched forward in front of the cameras during the meeting in Sochi.

His left foot looks to continuously move as he unnaturally pivots on his heel three times in less than one minute.

The dictator also rubs his fingers together as his hands appear to twitch – flexing them and forcing his thumb into his palm.

Vlad occasionally appears to grimace and gasp back his breaths – only further raising rumours and speculation about his health.

Read our Ukraine war blog below for the latest rolling news and updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin so fearful he has elite team of snipers

    PARANOID Putin has survived multiple assassination attempts leaving him so fearful, he has surrounded himself with an elite team of snipers.

    The most recent attempt is thought to have taken place at the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, although details are only now emerging.

    Ukraine’s Chief of Defence Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov said there had been an “unsuccessful attempt” on the President’s life.

    Budanov told Ukrainian Pravda: “Putin was attacked…

    “He was even attacked in the line of, as they say, representatives of the Caucasus not so long ago.

    “This is non-public information. Absolutely unsuccessful attempt, but it really took place… It was about two months ago.”

    “Once again, he was unsuccessful. There is no publicity about this event, but it took place. “

    Putin is now said to be so fearful of another attempt on his life he has surrounded himself with crack snipers and is thought to travel everywhere with them.

    The crack-shot snipers have one very important job which is to locate other shooters and “take them out” before they get the chance to pull the trigger on Putin.

  • Louis Allwood

    Everything YOU need to know about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    Here are the key questions answered regarding Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

    • Why is Russia invading Ukraine?
    • Will the UK go to war?
    • How can I join the Ukraine foreign legion?
    • What can I do to help Ukraine?
    • Who is Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky?
    • How much gas does the UK get from Russia?
    • Is Russia a part of Nato?
    • Does Russia have nuclear weapons?
    • Why is Ukraine not in Nato?
    • How big is the Russian army?
    • What is Article 5 of the Nato treaty?
    • What is the Minsk agreement?
    • Which countries were in the Soviet Union?
    • What does the Z mean on Russian tanks? Meaning behind symbols explained
    • When will the Russia-Ukraine war end?

    Putin is a 'madman'

    Alexei Navalny the jailed Russian opposition leader has condemned President Vladimir Putin in a live court hearing.

    The opposition leader called him a "madman" who started a "stupid war" in Ukraine.

    Navalny said: "This war was built on lies. One madman has got his claws into Ukraine and I do not know what he wants to do with it – this crazy thief."

    Navalny was previously sentenced by a court to nine years in a strict regime colony for fraud and contempt of court.

    • Louis Allwood

      Colombia will help train Ukrainian troops

      Colombia will deploy a team of its soldiers to Europe to train Ukrainian troops on mine clearance.

      Defence Minister Diego Molano Aponte said in a Tweet that eleven Colombian military engineers will travel to an undisclosed, neighbouring European country.

      There they will train some of Ukraine's soldiers on how to perfect tactical procedures to remove landmines and other explosives.

      Colombia is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world.

    • Louis Allwood

      World War Three WILL break out if West keeps helping Ukraine, warns Putin’s dictator pal

      Vladimir Putin’s dictator pal has warned the West it risks World War Three by supplying weapons to Ukraine.

      Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, made the claim as he met the Russian tyrant, whose brutal invasion of Ukraine he’s backed.

      In a letter to the UN Secretary General, Lukashenko said Belarus "calls on the countries of the world to unite and prevent the regional conflict in Europe from escalating into a full-scale world war!".

      As Putin and Lukashenko held their meeting, Russian TV once again ramped up its bellicose rhetoric about the war in Ukraine, warning Moscow would start a nuclear war rather than accept defeat.

      Lukashenko – dubbed Europe's last dictator – has remained loyal to Putin in the face of almost universal condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the pair met this week.

      In his bizarre letter he told António Guterres to way to ensure peace was for the West to "refrain from arms supplies, from information warfare and any provocations, from inflating hate speech in the media”.

      Lukashenko’s intervention comes as the head of state-backed RT Margarita Simonyan said Russia would rather unleash nuclear war than accept defeat in the Ukraine war.

      “They all believe that we will lose and the west will win,” she said.

      “They don't understand that it's impossible. It's simply impossible, it will never happen. Either we win, or this will end badly for all of humanity, there is no other way.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Ukraine says Russian attack in Donbas biggest since WWII

      The Russian offensive in the Donbas region of Ukraine is "the largest one on European soil since World War Two," according to Ukraine's Foreign Affairs Minister.

      Dmytro Kuleba has urged Ukraine's allies to speed up the supply of weapons and ammunition to the country.

      Kuleba said on Twitter: "Russian offensive in the Donbas is a ruthless battle the largest one on European soil since WWII.

      "I urge partners to speed up deliveries of weapons and ammunition, especially MLRS, long-range artillery, APCs."

    • Louis Allwood

      UK and Lithuania boost defence collaboration amid fears of Russian aggression

      Britain and Lithuania signed a joint declaration today to boost defence and security collaboration, stepping up London’s support of nations that fear Russian President Vladimir Putin will not stop at Ukraine in trying to redraw Europe’s borders.

      Britain said the declaration would build on the defence cooperation the countries share as Nato allies and would increase resistance to threats, including from Russia and China. It gave no further details.

      “The UK and Lithuania are two countries which believe in freedom and sovereignty, and who stand up to authoritarian regimes in Europe and across the world,” British foreign minister Liz Truss said in a statement.

      “We stand together with Ukraine in the face of Russia’s illegal, barbaric war.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Zelensky has claimed that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces 'have staged a massacre' in the Donbas

      PRESIDENT Zelensky has claimed that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces "have staged a massacre" in the Donbas region and they "are trying to destroy all living things".

      The claims were made during the Ukrainian's daily evening address.

      According to Zelensky, the worst fighting situation today is in the Donbas area.

      He said: "Bakhmut, Popasna, Severodonetsk – in this direction the occupiers have concentrated the most activity so far.

      "They have staged a massacre there and are trying to destroy all living things. Literally. No one destroyed Donbas as the Russian military is doing now.

      "But we have no alternative but to fight. To fight and win. To liberate our land and our people. Because the occupiers want to take away from us not just something, but everything we have. Including the right to life for Ukrainians."

      Zelensky also called on Ukrainians to help the Armed Forces and help defend Ukraine's position on the international arena.

      He said: "To win, we must – each and every one – work for this. In particular, those in the rear. Help the army. Protect the needs of our state in all international platforms to which you have access, in communication with foreign journalists, even just with your friends and acquaintances abroad."

    • Louis Allwood

      Moment Russian tanks trying to hide in back gardens are obliterated

      This is the dramatic moment Russian tanks are obliterated after they were spotted hiding in back gardens.

      The attack took place in the village of Zirkuni in the northeastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv Oblast after the tanks were seen by Ukrainian drones.

      Footage shows the tanks driving around, frantically looking for somewhere to hide as Russian forces attempt to retake lost positions in the area.

      One of the tanks can be seen reversing into a residential yard, hoping the trees would conceal their position.

      However, the garden failed to provide coverage, with the tanks soon going up in flames after a strike by Ukrainian fighters.

      Footage emerged last week, showing an obliterated Russian tank after three Ukrainian grenades ignited the ammo on board.

      Drone footage shows three smaller explosions followed by a mega-blast – leaving the tank in ruins near Kharkiv.

    • Louis Allwood

      The world is "navigating a dark hour in our shared history"

      The US President Joe Biden has said the world is "navigating a dark hour in our shared history" with Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

      He said the war is a "global issue", underscoring the importance of defending international order.

      Biden is meeting the leaders of Japan, Australia and India in Tokyo in his first visit to Asia as president.

      Biden promised the US would work with allies to lead the global response, reiterating their commitment to defend international order and sovereignty.

    • Louis Allwood

      Delegations from Sweden and Finland set to arrive in Turkey

      The NTV news channel has reported that high-level delegations from Sweden and Finland are due to arrive in Turkey on Tuesday evening.

      According to reports they will hold talks with the foreign ministry about their applications to join Nato.

      The visit follows the host's objection to the two countries joining Nato.

      Without the support of all Nato members – including Turkey – Sweden and Finland cannot join the military alliance.

    • Louis Allwood

      Shocking aerial pictures reveal Mariupol’s devastated Azovstal steelworks

      Aerial pics of Mariupol’s devastated Azovstal steelworks show its smashed and smoking ruins after a relentless blitz of Russian missiles, bombs and bullets.

      Nearly 2,500 brave Ukrainian defenders who finally surrendered last week after 82 days are now in Russian hands amid fears for their safety.

      Ukrainian defenders of the legendary Azov Regiment held out in seven miles of bomb-proof tunnels under the vast industrial site.

      But aerial images of the smashed and smoking ruins bore testament to their courage under a blizzard of Russian missiles, bombs and bullets.

      They left after Red Cross and UN officials brokered a deal to swap them for captured Russians.

      But Russian officials and state media are now calling for them to face war crime trials and the death penalty branding them “neo-Nazis criminals.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Putin assassination attempt

      Russian President Vladimir Putin is said to have survived five assassination attempts and is now so fearful for his life he has surrounded himself with an elite team of snipers.

      The most recent attempt is thought to have taken place at the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, although details are only now emerging.

      Ukraine’s Chief of Defence Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov said there had been an “unsuccessful attempt” on the President’s life.

      Budanov told Ukrainian Pravda: "Putin was attacked…

      "He was even attacked in the line of, as they say, representatives of the Caucasus not so long ago.

      "This is non-public information. Absolutely unsuccessful attempt, but it really took place… It was about two months ago."

      "Once again, he was unsuccessful. There is no publicity about this event, but it took place. "

      It was not clear who was behind the alleged attack or where it took place.

      Putin is now said to be so fearful of another attempt on his life he has surrounded himself with crack snipers and is thought to travel everywhere with them.

      The crack-shot snipers have one very important job which is to locate other shooters and "take them out" before they get the chance to pull the trigger on Putin.

    • Louis Allwood

      Baby-faced Russian killer jailed for life after murdering grandad

      A BABY-faced Russian murderer was jailed for life yesterday for killing a Ukrainian grandad in cold blood.

      Tank commander sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, stood silently with his head bowed in a glass cage inside a Kyiv court as the ­sentence was passed.

      It is Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since Vladimir Putin’s ­invasion of the country.

      Shishimarin shot dead 62-year-old Oleksandr Shelipov with his Kalashnikov rifle “while following orders” in the village of Chupakhivka in the north-eastern Sumy region four days into the war.

      He opened fire when an officer warned the unarmed Ukrainian — who was speaking on his mobile phone — was about to give away their position.

      Judge Serhiy Agafonov branded the command a “criminal order” by a soldier of higher rank.

    • Louis Allwood

      The UK MoD confirms Russia has intensified operations

      Russia is increasing the intensity of its operations in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, the UK Ministry of Defence says in its daily intelligence update.

      The MoD said on Twitter: "Russia has increased the intensity of its operations in the Donbas as it seeks to encircle Severodonetsk, Lyschansk, and Rubizhne. At present the northern and southern axes of this operation are separated by approximately 25 km of Ukrainian-held territory.

      "There has been strong Ukrainian resistance with forces occupying well dug-in defensive positions. Ukraine’s long-established Joint Force Operation likely retains effective command and control of this front."

    • Louis Allwood

      President Vladimir Putin could be out of power former MI6 chief predicts

      A FORMER MI6 chief has predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be out of power and in a long-term medical facility by next year.

      Speaking on the One Decision Podcast, Sir Richard Dearlove, who led the British Secret Intelligence service between 1999 and 2004, predicted: “I’m really going to stick my neck out. I think he’ll be gone by 2023.

      “Probably into the sanatorium, from which he will not emerge as the leader of Russia.”

      “That’s a way to sort of move things on without a coup,” he suggested, adding that the secretary of the security council, Nikolai Patrushev might assume control upon Mr Putin’s departure.

      “If my thesis were fulfilled and Putin did disappear into a sanatorium, I think he’s the likely stand-in,” he said.

      “And of course the stand-in this scenario probably becomes permanent. I mean, you know there is no succession in the Russian leadership. They certainly don’t succession plan.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Moment grimacing ‘cancer-riddled’ Putin sits hunched & twitches

      VLADIMIR Putin looked twitchy and hunched as rumours continue to swirl around his health.

      New footage shows Putin today having a meeting with his close ally Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

      Russia’s mad tyrant was seated in a chair and once again appeared to looking uncomfortable.

      He was awkwardly perched on his chair and sat hunched forward in front of the cameras during the meeting in Sochi.

      His left foot appears to continuously move as he unnaturally pivots on his heel three times in less than one minute.

      The dictator also rubs his fingers together as his hands appear to twitch – flexing them and forcing his thumb into his palm.

      Vlad occasionally appears to grimace and gasp back his breaths – only further raising rumours and speculation about his health.

    • Milica Cosic

      Ukrainian forces will keep fighting in Donbas, western official says

      Ukraine’s forces will make the Russians “fight for every bit” of territory even if they are encircled by Moscow’s advance in the Donbas, western officials have said.

      Western officials said that, while superior Russian numbers meant they would eventually succeed in encircling the “Severodonetsk pocket”, that did not necessarily spell defeat for the Ukrainians.

      “I think this largely comes down to political will,” they said, in remarks reported by the PA news agency.

      “The Ukrainians don't want to give up any territory. They want to make the Russians fight for every bit of it.”

      They added: “Having those forces continue to fight, they are fulfilling an important military function, degrading the Russian capability to advance and creating time for the Ukrainian forces to continue to improve their defences elsewhere.

      “From a loss of life position, escaping might be desirable but from a military point of view and a political point of view the Ukrainians will intend to fight. We would expect them to fight for every bit of territory they can.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Ukraine’s Zelensky would meet Putin on end to war

      Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin was the only Russian official he was willing to meet with a single issue on the agenda – to stop the war.

      Zelensky, addressing by video link an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, also said that arranging any sort of talks with Russia was becoming more difficult in the light of what he said was evidence Russian actions against civilians under occupation.

      He also said that any notion of recovering by force the Crimea peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014 would cause hundreds of thousands of casualties.

    • Milica Cosic

      Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine's first war crimes trial

      A Russian soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a civilian was sentenced by a Ukrainian court yesterday to life in prison the maximum amid signs the Kremlin may hold trials of its own, particularly of the captured fighters who held out at Mariupols steel plant.

      In the first of what could be a multitude of war crimes trials inside Ukraine, Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, was sentenced for the killing of a 62-year-old man who was shot in the head in a village in the northeastern Sumy region in the early days of the war. Shishimarin, a captured member of a tank unit, apologized to the man's widow in court.

      His Ukraine-appointed defense attorney, Victor Ovsyanikov, argued his client had been unprepared for the violent military confrontation and mass casualties that Russian troops encountered when they invaded.

      He said he would appeal.

      Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating thousands of potential war crimes

    • Milica Cosic

      Ukraine First Lady says war 'horrors' will leave deep scars

      Ukraine's First Lady on Monday warned a WHO assembly that the impacts of Russia's war on healthcare and mental health could be felt for decades, as Russia said the forum had been politicised.

      "Russia's war has shown horrors we could not have imagined," Olena Zelenska said in a video address to World Health Assembly in Geneva, stressing in particular the consequences for mental health.

      "WHO is committed to protecting the most crucial human rights to life and health. Now they are both being violated in Ukraine," she said.

      "The consequences of this war unfortunately will remain for years and decades," said Zelenska.

    • Milica Cosic

      Putin will be ‘gone’ by end of this year, claims former head of MI6

      A former MI6 chief has predicted that Vladimir Putin could be out of power and in a long-term medical facility by next year.

      Speaking on the One Decision Podcast, Sir Richard Dearlove, who led the British Secret Intelligence service between 1999 and 2004, predicted: “I’m really going to stick my neck out. I think he’ll be gone by 2023.

      “Probably into the sanatorium, from which he will not emerge as the leader of Russia.”

      “That’s a way to sort of move things on without a coup,” he suggested, adding that the secretary of the security council, Nikolai Patrushev might assume control upon Mr Putin’s departure.

      “If my thesis were fulfilled and Putin did disappear into a sanatorium, I think he’s the likely stand-in,” he said. “And of course the stand-in this scenario probably becomes permanent. I mean, you know there is no succession in the Russian leadership. They certainly don’t succession plan.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Zelensky hits out at west’s failure to protect Ukraine after Crimea annexation

      Volodymyr Zelensky has told world leaders that the west could have prevented Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine by taking tougher actions against the Kremlin following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

      Speaking at the annual World Economic Forum at Davos, the Ukrainian president said many lives would have been saved if the west had imposed sanctions against Russia last autumn.

      Zelensky said: “Russia started its war against Ukraine back in 2014. We are grateful for this support [from the west] but if that happened, back then, immediately — that unity, that pressure on governments and on companies — would Russia have started this full-scale war?

      “Would it have brought all these losses upon Ukraine and upon the world? I’m sure the answer to this question is also no.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Russia to deploy nearly 50 Satan-2 nukes

      A PUTIN ally has bragged about how Russia is set to deploy almost 50 of its "unstoppable" Satan-2 nuke.

      Dmitry Rogozin's boast came as as he showed off a huge crater made in a test launch of the missile in a chilling warning to the West.

      Standing at the colossal height of a 14-storey tower block, the 208 ton RS-28 Sarmat missile is capable of striking targets at almost 16,000mph.

      The world-ending nuke can also carry 15 warheads and has the potential to obliterate an area the size of the UK in a single blast.

      In the latest in a series of attempted scaremongering by Russia, Putin crony Rogozin – head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos – highlighted a 26ft deep hole made using the nuke without an atomic warhead at a training range in Kamchatka. 

      He said: "With a nuclear charge, such a crater at an enemy site will be well, very large and very deep – and radioactive. 

      “And not just one, but exactly as many as the most powerful nuclear missile in the world will deliver to the territory of a fierce enemy.

      “And we will soon have almost 50 such Sarmats [known in the West as Satan-2] on combat duty.

      “It remains only to advise the aggressors to talk more politely with Russia.”

      Rogozin announced almost 50 will be deployed by autumn.

      The intercontinental ballistic missile has a range of 11,200 miles and can strike at targets at 15,880mph after flying in outer space or via the north or south poles. 

    • Milica Cosic

      Starbucks to exit Russia after nearly 15 years

      Starbucks Corp said on Monday it will exit the Russian market after nearly 15 years as the coffee chain joins McDonald's Corp in marking the end of the presence of some of the top Western brands in the country.

      McDonald's last week said it was selling its restaurants in Russia to its local licensee Alexander Govor to be rebranded under a new name, but will retain its trademarks.

      Seattle-based Starbucks has 130 stores in Russia, wholly owned and operated by its licensee Alshaya Group, with nearly 2,000 employees in the country.

      Starbucks did not provide details on the financial impact of the exit. McDonald's had said it would take a primarily non-cash charge of up to $1.4 billion.

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