Kremlin chiefs ‘might kill Vladimir Putin and say he had a heart attack’, expert says – World News

dr Robert Thornton, professor of conflict and security studies at King’s College London, said many employees of Russia’s FSB security service believe Vladimir Putin should be deposed because they are losing patience with his leadership

There has been much speculation in recent weeks about Vladimir Putin's state of health
There has been much speculation in recent weeks about Vladimir Putin’s state of health

Conspiring Kremlin insiders could assassinate Vladimir Putin, claiming he died of a heart attack, a security expert claims.

There has been much speculation over the past few weeks about the health of the Russian President – meaning many Russians might well believe it if they were told he died suddenly of an illness.

dr Robert Thornton, a professor of conflict and security studies at King’s College London, said many members of Russia’s FSB believe Putin should be deposed.

The generals are “losing patience” and “want him gone,” he said, after Russian forces halted efforts to capture the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

Dr Thornton said the sun that a select group of senior figures would likely tell Putin that he must either leave office or be killed.

Putin’s generals are reportedly frustrated with how the war in Ukraine has gone



If the latter occurs, says Dr. Thornton, many would find it believable.

The professor said: “You would have someone say, ‘Poor Mr. Putin had a heart attack, from all the exertion of his special military operation, and we so-in-so put the blame on it’.”

As Russian forces suffer heavy casualties, many within the military question Putin’s invasion.

Ukrainian leaders estimate that more than 30,000 Russian soldiers have died since the invasion began in February.

Russia has suffered enormous losses since the invasion announced in February


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dr Thornton said: “There will inevitably be morale issues in the army and leadership issues and people will ask why we are doing this.

“There’s bound to be a wave of junior officers and those in the lower ranks of the Russian army saying, ‘What are we doing this for?’ and this could seep up into the higher ranks.”

Pope Francis said today he will soon be meeting with Ukrainian officials to discuss the possibility of visiting their country.

Francis announced the upcoming meeting in a question-and-answer session with children in one of the Vatican’s main courtyards.

A Ukrainian boy named Zakhar asked him: “Can you come to Ukraine to save all the children who are suffering there now?”

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Francis, 85, who is in a wheelchair because of knee pain, replied that he often thinks of Ukrainian children and wants to visit the country, but needs to time it right.

“It’s not easy to make a decision that could do more harm than good to the rest of the world. I have to find the right moment for it,” he said, according to a Vatican transcript of the event.

He didn’t elaborate.

“Next week I will receive representatives of the Ukrainian government, who will come here to speak, even to talk about a possible visit from me there. We’ll see what happens,” Francis said.

It has been speculated that Putin has “months to live”.


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Putin is said to be suffering from a “massive tumor”.


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Francis has repeatedly criticized Putin implicitly for the invasion, without naming him.

He has also used terms such as “unjustified aggression” and “invasion” and decried atrocities against civilians.

Francis was invited by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Mayor of Kiev Vitaliy Klitschko, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Byzantine Rite Catholic Church of Ukraine and Ambassador of Ukraine to the Vatican Andriy Yurash.

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