intelligence chief has repeated claims that Russia’s Vladimir Putin might
be using a body double.
Speaking on Ukrainian TV, the
newly-appointed chief, Major General Kyrylo Budanov said that the Moscow boss’
height and even ears have changed in recent appearances.
In an appearance on the
channel ‘Groshi’ he said: “The picture, let’s say, of the ears, is
different. And it’s like a fingerprint, each person’s ear picture is unique. It
cannot be repeated.”
Budanov also went on to say he
believed the Russian president was seriously ill and utilized his body doubles
to avoid public appearances, according to Ukrainian news outlet TSN.
The 69-year-old warmonger’s
health has been a topic of discussion among many commentators with various
claims being made about his health.
Budanov went on to allege that
some of the supposed body doubles “have different habits, different mannerisms,
different gaits, sometimes even different heights if you looked closely”.
Previously, the intelligence
chief claimed Putin may have used a double for his arrival at a summit in
Tehran last month.
Budanov told the 1+1 new
channel: “I will only hint. Please look at the moment of Putin’s exit from the
plane. Is it Putin at all?”
The trip was made by Putin as
one of the only international visits he can currently make due to his ongoing
invasion of Ukraine and marks only his second trip in five months.
There he met Iran’s leadership
and Turkish president Recep Erdogan.
This comes as Putin’s invasion
of Ukraine continues to rumble on, with fighting focused in the east of the