Vladimir Putin seems to have lost the use of his right arm.
Attention has returned to the Russian president’s health after footage emerged on Sunday (31.07.22) showing him apparently unable to slay a mosquito during his country’s Navy Day event.
It comes as the 69-year-old has branded America one of Russia’s biggest threats, while experts say his invasion of Ukraine is running out of steam so badly he is plotting a breakout. Russia if its war fails.
A video clip captured the moment Putin visited a military museum as part of a weekend marking Russian Navy Day, held on the last Sunday of every July.
He can be seen talking with Ksenia, the daughter of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, when mosquitoes start buzzing on the right side of his face.
Putin raises his left arm in an attempt to fend them off while his right arm hangs limply by his side.
He continues to itch and pat his head with one arm before walking alongside Ksenia limping as she continues her rounds.
Putin is rumored to be suffering from cancer and dementia, with experts speculating his swollen face is a sign he is taking steroids – sparking warnings he may be suffering from ‘roid rage’.
It was reported in March that the intelligence community was sharing a growing number of reports of Putin’s “increasingly erratic behaviour”.
A security source told MailOnline at the time: ‘There has been an identifiable shift in his decision-making over the past five years or so.
“Those around him see a marked change in the relevance and clarity of what he says and how he perceives the world around him.”
The mosquito footage was captured at the same event where Putin signed a new military doctrine that blames the United States for being the biggest threat to Moscow.
According to a Telegram channel claiming to be from inside the Kremlin, Putin and his friends are preparing to flee Russia if his army is defeated in Ukraine.
The Russian leader bragged on Navy Day about Moscow’s alleged new Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles.
He said: “The key element here is the capability of the Russian Navy. It is able to respond with lightning speed to anyone who decides to infringe on our sovereignty and freedom.
Putin added that a growing threat is “the strategic policy of the United States to dominate the world’s oceans.”