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Plot to oust Putin 'already under way' and war over 'by end of year', says spy chief

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Russia would lose the war with Ukraine by the end of this year. In the most upbeat assessment from any Ukrainian official since the war began, Major General Kyrylo Budanov has said that he believes a turning point in the conflict will be coming this summer.The 36-year-old spy chief added that plans will eventually see Putin ousted from office as well.

General Budanov told Sky News: " The breaking point will be in the second part of August. Most of the active combat will have finished by the end of this year.

It will eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation," adding that "this process has already been launched."He also claimed that Putin, 69, is in a 'very bad psychological and physical condition', saying that he is suffering from cancer and other illnesses.The Kremlin leader's health has been a subject of many speculations, with his visibly puffy face being linked to steroids used to treat one of his many alleged medical conditions.Another unnamed Russian oligarch has also made the claim that Putin is 'very ill with blood cancer.' This speculation came as an audio recording of an oligarch, simply referred to as 'Yuri' was shared with New Lines magazine.In the audio, the oligarch is heard making claims about Putin's health, highlighting him suffering from lower back problems as evidence of his blood cancer.Blood cancers like lymphoma or myeloma are known to cause diseases of the bone which can affect the spine and back, according to Ashley Grossman, a professor of endocrinology at Oxford University.

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