VLADIMIR Putin's doctors were scrambled to his side after the Russian president suffered "coughing fits" and "chest pains" just before his big speech, Kremlin sources have claimed.
Putin today announced the mobilisation of Russian forces in a shock announcement that could see some 300,000 reservists called to the frontline in Ukraine.
Telegram channel General SVR, which claims to be run by Kremlin insiders, wrote that Vlad had fallen ill moments before his address.
"When the president came out and preparations for filming began, he began to cough frequently," the post read.
"Several attempts to start recording an appeal were frustrated due to coughing.
"After the fourth unsuccessful attempt to record an appeal, doctors were called to the president, to whom Putin also complained of chest pains.
READ MORE ON RUSSIA & UKRAINE
How Putin survived SIX ‘assassination attempts’ – and is now guarded by snipers
Hero Brit dad killed fighting in Ukraine trying to rescue injured comrades
"The doctors advised to postpone the shooting and leave with them for examination, which was done."
In the post, which can't be independently verified, the supposed Kremlin insider suggested that the Russian tyrant may have faked having a health problem in order to delay the announcement and buy himself more time.
Vlad was originally due to speak yesterday evening, but his planned address never went ahead on Tuesday, with no explanation given by the Kremlin.
"People close to the president know his pathological indecision and uncertainty in making decisions, especially key ones," the post went on.
Most read in News
I'm a royal expert & know exactly why Will & Kate & Harry & Meg WON'T reunite
Britain was turning to s**t – the Queen dying reminded us what made it great
Palace reveals why Harry sat in second row for Queen’s funeral – not by Wills
Queen 'excitedly took Harry's US calls' but became 'perplexed by complaints'
It comes as Putin's close ally has launched a blistering attack on the UK, threatening to unleash Russia's devastating arsenal of nukes on Western targets including London.
Sergei Markov, a former member of the Russian Duma and close adviser to Putin blamed the escalating tensions in Ukraine on the actions of the UK and the US.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Markov reiterated Putin's threat to use both tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine and broader nuclear strikes on Western targets including the UK.
He also bizarrely denied that Russia had invaded Ukraine, and instead said they were "liberating" the country from "neo-Nazi" groups and Western forces who were using Ukrainian soldiers as "slaves".
Read More on The Sun
Watch the moment Holly and Phil ‘jump the HUGE queue to see the Queen’s coffin’
William & Harry have a ‘forgotten’ stepsister & she was at the Queen’s funeral
"Everybody in the world is thinking about nuclear war now," he said, "and this is due to the crazy actions of President Joe Biden, and British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss."
Insisting that "Russia doesn't want everybody in the world to die," Markov still warned that if the UK continues to be an "aggressor" against Russia, they are bringing the threat to themselves.
Help those fleeing conflict with The Sun’s Ukraine Fund
PICTURES of women and children fleeing the horror of Ukraine’s devastated towns and cities have moved Sun readers to tears.
Many of you want to help the five million caught in the chaos — and now you can, by donating to The Sun's Ukraine Fund.
Give as little as £3 or as much as you can afford and every penny will be donated to the Red Cross on the ground helping women, children, the old, the infirm and the wounded.
Donate here to help The Sun's fund
Or text to 70141 from UK mobiles
£3 — text SUN£3
£5 — text SUN£5
£10 — text SUN£10
Texts cost your chosen donation amount (e.g. £5) +1 standard message (we receive 100%). For full T&Cs visit redcross.org.uk/mobile
The Ukraine Crisis Appeal will support people in areas currently affected and those potentially affected in the future by the crisis.
In the unlikely event that the British Red Cross raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help them prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world.
For more information visit https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/disaster-fund
Source: Read Full Article