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Ukraine Claims Putin Has Cancer and A Coup Has Started

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Ukraine is making some big claims: Ukrainian Major General Kyrylo Budanov said that he is “optimistic” that the war will be over by the end of the year. That was the takeaway from one of the most straightforward interviews with the high-ranking officer since the Russian invasion began in late February.

His prediction didn’t end there. General Budanov suggested the turning point in the war would occur in late summer. He believes Ukraine could be successful at stopping the Russian advances and taking back the territory lost in the initial Russian invasion and the 2014 invasion. He said that Ukraine would reassert its authority over the Donbas and Crimea.

In the frank interview with the UK’s Sky News , Budanov also stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin is sick with cancer and mental issues and that a coup is already beginning to remove him from power.

In the interview, he struck a very confident tone about the way the war was going. The General’s optimism was also mirrored by President Volodymyr Zelensky, who told the press that Ukrainian forces had retaken 1,000 cities and small towns back from the Russians in the counteroffensive to drive them back.

Budanov: Ukraine Will Win By The End of the Year

“The breaking point will be in the second part of August,” Budanov said in his interview, of the ongoing war and its outcome. “Most of the active combat actions will have finished by the end of this year,” he added, calling Russian military power a “myth.”

“As a result, we will renew Ukrainian power in all our territories that we have lost, including Donbas and the Crimea.

“Europe sees Russia as a big threat. They are afraid of its aggression,” he continued.

“We have been fighting Russia for eight years and we can say that this highly publicized Russian power is a myth.

“It is not as powerful as this. It is a horde of people with weapons” Budanov concluded.

Regarding the recent setback where a Russian battalion suffered heavy casualties in trying three times to forge a river crossing with pontoon bridges across the Siversky Donets River, Britain’s Defense Ministry said Russia lost “significant armored maneuver elements” of at least one battalion tactical group in the attack.

Budanov said of the river attack, “I can confirm that they suffered heavy losses in manpower and armor, and I can say that when the artillery strikes happened, many of the crews abandoned their equipment.”

Budanov is one of Ukraine’s younger (36) but arguably more able generals. His job as intelligence chief for the armed forces is to gather, assess, and present to the Ministry of Defense the most accurate, all-source intelligence for them to make timely decisions. He’s had intelligence assistance from the West, particularly the United States and the UK, but he was very accurate in his prediction when the Russians would invade when the government publicly doubted it would happen.

Is Putin’s Health Deteriorating, and Is There a Coup Under Way?

Rumors have abounded for years about the health of Putin. But during the interview with Sky News, General Budanov also claimed yesterday that according to an unnamed Russian oligarch, Putin is “very ill with blood cancer.”

This unnamed Russian oligarch reportedly has close ties to the Kremlin and was referred to only as ‘Yuri’ to protect his identity. He said that many of the health issues Putin is facing are linked to him having blood cancer.

Budanov added that Putin, 69, is in “very bad psychological condition”, whether this is actual fact or just a Ukrainian disinformation attempt is unknown. But he added that Putin’s mistakes will lead to the removal of his authoritarian regime and that a coup is already underway.

“It will eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation. This process has already been launched and they are moving into that way.”

“They are moving in this way and it is impossible to stop it.”

Steve Balestrieri is a 1945 National Security Columnist. He has served as a US Army Special Forces NCO, and Warrant Officer before injuries forced his early separation. In addition to writing for and for another military news organization, he has covered the NFL for for more than 10 years. His work was regularly featured in the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Grafton News newspapers in Massachusetts.

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Steve Balestrieri is a 1945 National Security Columnist. He has served as a US Special Forces NCO and Warrant Officer before injuries forced his early separation. In addition to writing for 1945, he covers the NFL for and his work was regularly featured in the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle and Grafton News newspapers in Massachusetts.



  1. mcswell

    May 16, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    Putin’s alleged cancer makes sense: his goal in starting the Ukraine war was apparently to go down in history as the Russian leader who MRGA (Made Russia Great Again), by occupying countries previously ruled by the Soviet Union, weakening or even destroying NATO, and showing how great the Russian military is. He has not only failed in all these objectives, he has accomplished the exact opposite. Putin will go down in history as the Russian leader who ruined Russia.

    • Him

      May 16, 2022 at 9:15 pm

      Russia is the new North Korea.

      Putin is the new Kim Jong-un.

      Russia is the same old trash of the world. For a few years, we thought Russia had changed. But Putin proved the Russians are the same brutal rapists as in WW2, who would kill their own Russian soldiers who retreated from the front. Russian culture has not changed since WW2.

      Russian trolls like Alex are the minions of tiny people who keep the machine running to support brutal dictators.

      Alex is so brainwashed that he cannot think and acknowledge that, at the start of WW2 it was the Russians who were allied with Nazi Germany.

      Brutal dictorships like Russia and North Korea requires thousands of such proud, but brain-dead people, to keep brutal dictators in power. In WW2, the only reason Nazi Hitler fought till the end, destroying Nazi Germany in the process, was because thousands of brain-dead people were willing to support their dictator. Today, those dictator-supporting people are the Alex’s of the world. History repeats.

  2. John

    May 17, 2022 at 8:43 am

    And now a little truth, not fantasy:

    The captured Ukrainian military spoke about the atrocities of the national battalions.
    Nationalist battalions commit atrocities and kill civilians, ordinary servicemen are afraid of them, said captured Ukrainian military Alexander Chervakov.

    “Each of them has a German swastika, it was immediately clear that these were the volunteer battalions “Azov” or “Aidar” … They robbed and killed for eight years, what would be the attitude towards them.

    According to him, the national battalions inspire fear in everyone – both civilians and military personnel, for them to give a queue through a crowd of people is like “looking at each other.”

    Chervakov said that 12 out of 30 people left their outpost, not wanting to fight, and this was possible only “at first”. “Then you won’t go anywhere – you stand together with the National Battalions, together with the Armed Forces of Ukraine, you try to move somewhere else there,” he shared.

    Chervakov said that the national battalions “killed a lot of people, civilians.” “Severodonetsk was practically destroyed, despite the fact that there was not a single Russian military there. It was destroyed by the Ukrainian army,” he said.

    The prisoner added that morale is maintained in the Ukrainian troops with the help of patriotic slogans, alcohol and drugs. “They were allowed to just drink and smoke and sniff,” he said.

    Earlier, a captured soldier of the Ukrainian army appealed to citizens with a request not to join the armed forces of Ukraine and other armed formations called up in the third wave of mobilization.

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