- A coup to overthrow Russian President Vladimir Putin is underway, according to Ukraine’s military intelligence chief.
- The coup is “impossible to stop,” Major General Kyrylo Budanov told Sky News.
- The Russian leader is in “a very bad mental and physical condition,” Budanov said.
A coup to overthrow Russian President Vladimir Putin is under way and cannot be stopped, according to Ukraine’s military intelligence chief.
Talking with Sky News, Major General Kyrylo Budanov said a Russian military defeat would result in Putin’s removal and the country’s eventual collapse.
“It will eventually lead to a change of leadership in the Russian Federation,” Budanov told Sky News. “This process has already begun.”
Budanov said “yes” when he was pressured by Sky News’ international editor Dominic Waghorn if this means that a coup attempt is currently underway.
“They move this way and it is impossible to stop it,” he added.
Insiders have previously reported that all complaints that traditionally justify a coup in Russia are in place, but Putin has spent decades making his regime “coup-proof.”
Poor military performance, poor morale and a struggling economy make a coup against the Russian dictator more likely, Insider reported, but the existence of the FSB, FSO and The Rosgvardia serves to protect him.
In the exclusive interview with Sky News, Budanov claimed that Putin is in “a very bad mental and physical condition and he is very ill”.
It follows a report that an unnamed Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin was recorded saying that Putin is “very ill with blood cancer”.
There has been one much speculation if the Russian leader feels bad. Video recording appeared in late April, showing that Putin was shaking “uncontrollably,” suggesting he may have Parkinson’s disease.