Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine after “suffering from cancer drug megalomania”.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference in Minsk, Belarus December 19, 2022. Sputnik/Pavel Bednyakov/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo

There has been speculation about Putin’s health for months (Image: Reuters)

According to a new analysis by Western intelligence, Vladimir Putin was suffering from delusions of grandeur fueled by cancer drugs when he made the decision to invade Ukraine in February.

A senior spy official from Denmark has claimed the Kremlin leader’s “megalomania” and “moon-shaped face” in early 2022 are signs of the side effects of hormone treatment for oncology.

The news comes after Kremlin officials had to admit that concerns about Putin’s health amid Covid mutations and emerging flu strains were now viewed as “national security” matters.

This could mean that the Russian leader will withdraw even further from the public eye in early 2023, fueling further speculation about his ailing health.

An anonymous intelligence official known only as Joakim said: “Megalomania is one of the known side effects of the type of hormone treatment he was on.

“I can’t say for sure, but I think it influenced his decisions when he started the war in Ukraine.”

The analysis suggested that Putin was suffering from cancer and was undergoing hormone treatment early in the war, but it is not believed that he is terminally ill.

The “biggest uncertainty” about the president is his health – “or someone who will depose him because of his failing health,” Joakim claimed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony December 29, 2022 at which naval flags will be raised and military ships will be floated via video link from a residence outside Moscow, Russia BY A THIRD PARTY.

Putin’s health has been labeled a “national security” matter by the Kremlin (Image: Reuters)

The independent Russian newspaper Proekt also noted that on presidential trips, Putin was accompanied by cancer doctors, particularly thyroid specialists.

Despite heavy speculation about his health, Joakim says he is unlikely to die from his condition, although there is a possibility that Russian rulers could try to switch horses to have a stronger figure at the helm.

“We have the strong impression that part of the elite sees that they are on the wrong track,” he said.

Despite this, he concedes that it is “probable” that Putin will stay in power for at least five more years.

The Russian leader is believed to be reaching for desks because he is “in serious chronic pain after multiple falls and accidents,” said Danish newspaper Berlingske, which interviewed the intelligence official.

“This is chronic pain that he has suffered from for quite some time,” the official said. “That’s why he tends to sit down and hold onto things. It’s supposed to ease the pain.’

The newspaper surmised that this could have been due to a fall from a horse in the early 2000s, or judo or ice hockey injuries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping via videoconference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, December 30, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Russian President is believed to be using Covid and flu concerns as an excuse to step down from public appearances in the new year (Image: AP)

“We don’t see anyone trying to depose him. But if we did, the FSB would see it too, and that would probably be sorted out very quickly,” the official added.

Putin’s personal decision-making is seen as a key reason for Russia’s failure in the war in Ukraine.

“We put much of the blame for this on Putin’s shoulders,” the senior intelligence official said.

“It wasn’t bad intelligence but Putin’s ideological beliefs that made Russian soldiers think they were being greeted with flowers,” the Danish newspaper reported.

“Because of Putin, everything was planned by a narrow circle of people and only divided through the ranks at the very last minute.

“Because of this, the Russian armed forces just didn’t know what to do.”

According to reports, Putin is still “interfering too much in the war”, recently attending a meeting with all of his top commanders and asking for their ideas.

“It’s the worst idea in the world,” the official said. “He has a general fighting this war. So he shouldn’t be sitting there getting input from all these other generals.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has paved the way for Putin to step down from public duties on health grounds, citing concerns about Covid and flu strains.

“You see virus mutations, you see strong epidemiological flu waves of different strains,” said Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“To be honest, that’s unlikely [communication with journalists] will be much the same as before the pandemic for the foreseeable future,” he said.

“To expect things to go back to the way they were would be a mistake. I would say no, it won’t [back to the same].’

“But when these waves die down to their lowest point, it would be possible to communicate more freely.”

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