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Ukraine-Russia war latest LIVE: Putin branded a ‘HYPOCHONDRIAC’ as expert says there’s ‘no evidence’ dictator is sick

VLADIMIR Putin is not dying of a serious illness – but instead uses Botox “quite heavily”, an analyst has claimed.

Professor Michael Clarke, a King’s College London war studies fellow, has claimed there is “no convincing evidence” that the Russian tyrant is seriously ill.

Instead, he claims that Putin is “only a hypochondriac”, meaning his doctors are “never far away”.

Speaking to Sky News, the analyst also said that Putin has been “known to hit the Botox quite heavily”.

This is not the first time rumours of Putin’s Botox usage have emerged, as ten years ago Guardian published a report suggesting the leader was a regular user of the cosmetic procedure.

His spokesperson denied Botox usage, saying: “It’s probably just how the light fell. The prime minister is tired.”

Prof Clarke’s comments come after rumours Putin was given “urgent medical assistance” for an unknown illness last week.

Read our Ukraine war live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • Germany calls Russia’s move to cut gas ‘political’

    The Economy Minister Robert Habeck said the decision to cut supplies of gas to Germany was not ‘justifiable’.

    Speaking at a press conference this morning Habeck said that Russia cut the line for repair works.

    However he does not believe this to be viable, and said that he thinks the move was political after Germany is now forced to source 40 per cent of gas elsewhere.

    The “repair works” which were deemed essential will not take place till autumn.

  • Ukraine needs Western support as  Sieverodonetsk struggles

    The city is still under siege, and Ukrainians were told to surrender or die.

    With all the exit bridges now impassable and the city being 70 per cent under Russia control, escape will not be easy.

    He told The Associated Press that Ukrainian forces are fighting the Russians “block by block, street by street, house by house, with a varying degree of success.”

    NATO have reportedly been meeting in the headquarters as pressure mounts.

  • UN investigates Ukrainian children being adopted in Russia

    Reportedly the UN is looking into whether children are being snatched from their families and rehomed in Russia.

    Michelle Bachelet said her office “has been looking into allegations of children forcibly deported from Ukraine to the Russian Federation,” while speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

    Rumours of whether children were being rehomed in Russia are yet to be confirmed.

  • ‘No evidence’ Putin is sick as despot branded ‘hypochondriac’ who uses steroids

    VLADIMIR Putin is not dying of a serious illness – but instead uses Botox “quite heavily”, an analyst has claimed.

    Professor Michael Clarke, a King’s College London war studies fellow, has claimed there is “no convincing evidence” that the Russian tyrant is seriously ill.

    Instead, he claims that Putin is “only a hypochondriac”, meaning his doctors are “never far away”.

    Speaking to Sky News, the analyst also said that Putin has been “known to hit the Botox quite heavily”.

    This is not the first time rumours of Putin’s Botox usage have emerged, as ten years ago Guardian published a report suggesting the leader was a regular user of the cosmetic procedure.

    His spokesperson denied Botox usage, saying: “It’s probably just how the light fell. The prime minister is tired.”

  • IKEA plans to sell factories & reduce jobs in latest Russia cuts

    IKEA said today it would sell factories, close offices and reduce its nearly 15,000-strong workforce in Russia.

    It is the latest move by the world’s biggest furniture brand to cut its operations there following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

    “Unfortunately, the circumstances have not improved, and the devastating war continues.

    “Businesses and supply chains across the world have been heavily impacted and we do not see that it is possible to resume operations any time soon,” Ingka Group, which owns all IKEA stores in Russia, said in a statement.

    It also said it did not see any possibility to resume sales in the country for the foreseeable future.

  • Russia targets ammunitions depot in western Ukraine

    The Russian military has today said that it used long-range missiles to destroy a depot in the western Lviv region of Ukraine, where ammunition for NATO-supplied weapons was being stored.

    Those strikes came as fighting raged for the city of Sievierodonetsk in the eastern Donbas area – the key focus of Russia’s offensive in recent weeks.

  • Kremlin: Communication with Washington must continue

    The Kremlin said today that communication remains “essential” in relations with the United States, amid tensions over Russia’s continuing war in Ukraine.

    “Communication is essential, in the future we will still have to communicate,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a conference call today, when asked about the state of U.S.-Russia relations.

    “The U.S. is not going anywhere, Europe is not going anywhere, so somehow we will have to communicate with them.”

  • Stoltenberg: NATO to continue to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine

    The secretary-general of the military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, has said that NATO will continue to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons and long-range systems.

    Mr Stoltenberg added that he expects the alliance to agree to a new package of assistance at a summit of members today.

    He said: “We are extremely focused on stepping up support.”

  • Russia: Destroyed depot of weapons from NATO in western Ukraine

    Russia’s defence ministry said today that its troops destroyed a depot of NATO-supplied arms in western Ukraine, after President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Western allies to speed up arms deliveries to his country.

    “Near the town of Zolochiv in Lviv region, high-precision long-range Kalibr missiles destroyed an ammunition depot of foreign weapons transferred to Ukraine by NATO countries, including 155-mm M777 howitzers,” the ministry said in a statement.

  • Macron: Zelensky will have to negotiate with Russia at some point

    French President Emmanuel Macron today said that Ukraine would have to hold talks with Russia at some point – in order to try and bring an end to the war between the two countries.

    “The Ukrainian President and his officials will have to negotiate with Russia,” said Macron, while on a visit to Romania and Moldova.

    Macron arrived in Romania on Tuesday for a three-day trip to NATO’s southern flank including Moldova.

    He may then head to Kyiv on Thursday on a visit with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, two diplomatic sources said.

  • Broken Russian equipment on display in Kyiv

    In Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv, broken Russian equipment has been put on display.

    It sits in the Mikhailovskaya Square, and includes the names of the dead.

    It also includes the names of the cities where the fighting is still going on, or was.

  • Macron toughens tone on Russia

    President Emmanuel Macron has expressed a tougher line on Russia today after visiting French and allied troops at a NATO base in Romania.

    Macron arrived in Romania on Tuesday for a three-day trip to NATO’s southern flank including Moldova.

    He then may possibly head to Kyiv on Thursday on a visit with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, two diplomatic sources said.

    “We will do everything to stop Russia‘s war forces, to help the Ukrainians and their army and continue to negotiate,” Macron told French and NATO troops at a military base in Romania.

    “But for the foreseeable future, we will need to protect, dissuade and be present,” he said.

  • Zelensky: ‘Painful losses’ for Ukraine in the Donbas

    Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskyy has said Ukraine is experiencing “painful losses” in the eastern Donbas region. The area is facing the brunt of Russian bombardment.

    In his late-night address, the president said it is vital to continue to defend the Donbas, which will be “key to determining who will dominate in the coming weeks”.

    Mr Zelensky added: “The more losses the enemy suffers there, the less power they will have to continue the aggression.

    “The losses, unfortunately, are painful – but we have to hold on, this is our state.”

  • Severodonetsk ‘about to repeat the fate of Mariupol’

    A former special adviser to the US Army in Europe spoke to Sky News and told them that the eastern city of Severodonetsk could become the next Mariupol.

    Mark Voyger said: “The fierce fighting in Severodonetsk clearly demonstrates that the Russian military leadership has decided it is determined to capture the city at all costs.

    “Reportedly, there was a 10 June deadline that was set by [Vladimir] Putin, and now this date has passed and gone, obviously the commander of the Russian forces… has been unable to do it.

    “Therefore, the Russians now are doubling down on trying to capture the city. Unfortunately, most of the city has been destroyed already.

    “In a way, Severodonetsk is about to repeat the fate of Mariupol – only on a smaller scale.”

  • Russian man arrested in UK accused of spying for Vladimir

    A RUSSIAN man was being held last night for allegedly spying in Britain for President Vladimir Putin.

    The suspected spook, in his 40s, was arrested at Gatwick airport on Monday under the Official Secrets Act as he tried to leave the UK.

    He was taken to Hammersmith police station, West London.

    The clause of the act under which he is being held relates to spying and sabotage that is “useful to an enemy state.”

    A source told The Sun: “The suspect is believed to have been in the UK spying on behalf of the Putin regime.

    “He was kept under observation and arrested as he arrived at Gatwick to try and fly out of the country.’’

  • Pope Francis said Ukraine war was somehow ‘provoked’

    He condemned Russia’s ‘cruelty’ in Ukraine, and the constant barrage of the invasion.

    The Pope said that Russia has violated Ukraine, and he wondered whether the invasion had been provoked by NATO.

    He recited a conversation had in the lead up to the war, and he was warned NATO was “barking at the gates of Russia”.

  • European official raises alarm about Russia flying Western-made airplanes

    The European Union’s top aviation safety regulator said today that he is “very worried” about the safety of Western-made aircraft continuing to fly in Russia without access to spare parts and proper maintenance.

    The European Union and the United States have moved to restrict Russia’s access to spare parts following its invasion of Ukraine. Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation.”

    “This is very unsafe,” Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), told reporters on the sidelines of a conference, adding regulators do not have good data on many of the planes flying in Russia or if any have experienced safety issues in recent months.

    Ky said regulators should consider requests for exemptions from Russia “on a case by case basis, what would be the justification, why do you absolutely need to operate this type of aircraft.”

    Ky added he was in favor of reviewing specific cases if it were needed “for humanitarian reasons … but then it should not become the norm.”

    Ky said as time goes on the risks grow. “In six months – who knows? In one year – who knows?” He said there were reports Russia will be forced cannibalize airplanes to keep others operating.

  • Warning of mines as police officers patrol Odesa beach

    A potential mine threat on the beaches of south Odesa has meant police have had to tell people to clear the scene.

    This comes after one man was blown to death when taking a dip in the Black sea on 12 June.

    His body was washed ashore.

    The 50-year-old’s distressed family watched on, and were helpless in the terrifying moment.

    Credit: The Mega Agency
  • Russia plans evacuations from chemical plant in battleground Ukraine city

    Russia said it would establish a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from a chemical plant in Severodonetsk starting Wednesday as Ukrainian forces wage a desperate battle for control of the city.

    The industrial hub is under intense bombardment as Russia focuses its offensive on the eastern Donbas region in an effort to seize a swathe of Ukraine.

    Moscow’s forces have intensified efforts to cut off Ukrainian troops remaining in the city, destroying all three bridges which connect it across a river to the twin city of Lysychansk.

    About 500 civilians are taking shelter in Severodonetsk’s Azot chemical plant, according to the head of the city’s administration.

    The Russian defence ministry announced a humanitarian corridor would be established on Wednesday for evacuations from the plant, saying it was “guided by the principles of humanity”.

    Evacuees would be transported to the city of Svatovo in the separatist-held region of Lugansk, Moscow said, urging those holding out at the plant to cease their “senseless resistance”.

  • Another mass grave discovered in Bucha yesterday afternoon

    Workers have been exhumed from a grave site in on Kyiv’s outskirts.

    Victim’s hands were tied behind their backs, as Ukrainian’s in white hazmat suits continue digging to discover more deceased.

    More than 12,000 people have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February.

  • Body count at Azovstal steel plant rose to 64 yesterday

    The Ukrainian authorities saidthey had have received the bodies of 64 defenders of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol

    The statement by the Ministry for Reintegration of Occupied Territories said the exchange took place in the Zaporizhzhia region, but didnt clarify how many bodies were returned to Russia.

    It was one of the several body swaps the warring sides have conducted.

    Earlier this month Moscow and Kyiv exchanged 160 bodies each. Russian officials haven’t commented on the exchanges, and there was no immediate confirmation from Moscow on the swap reported by Ukraine on Tuesday.

  • Russia shot down MiG fighter jet, hitting weapons depot in missile attack yesterday

    Russia struck artillery weapons depot with cruise missiles in the Chernihiv region.

    It has been reported by the RIA news agency reported, citing the Russian defence ministry.

    The Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter jet was shot down along with a Mi-24 helicopter, TASS news agency reported.

  • Kremlin: separatists would listen to UK appeal on condemned fighters

    The Kremlin said on today it was “sure” that Russian-backed separatist leaders in the Donbas would be willing to listen to an appeal from Britain over the fate of two Britons sentenced to death for fighting for Ukraine.

    Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a conference call that London had not contacted Moscow about the issue.

    A court in the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine last week sentenced Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner and Moroccan Brahim Saadoun to death, saying they were guilty of “mercenary activities”.

    Their families deny that the trio, who were contracted by the Ukrainian armed forces, were mercenaries.

  • Moscow has URGED Ukrainian forces to escape Azot chemical plant

    Ukrainian fighters have been holed up in the chemical plant as the city of Sievierodonetsk is under siege.

    Russia has said it will allow a humanitarian corridor so civilians and the wounded can escape the city, after blowing up three bridges leading out of the war torn area.

    Ukrainians have been given till Wednesday morning to leave the site.

  • Pentagon has said Putin is LIKELY to still want all of Ukraine

    Despite abandoning many parts of the country and rescinding the Kremlin attack, Pentagon believes the Russian’s are narrowing their focus.

    When Russian’s failed to make major progress, they left certain offensives a month into the invasion.

    However, Pentagon has said this is likely to be a tactic and that Putin is not yet ready to give up and still has his sights set on the whole of Ukraine.

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