Russian President Vladimir Putin underwent treatment for advanced cancer in April. There was also an assassination attempt on the Russian leader in March, reports the American weekly Newsweek, which relies on senior officials from three American intelligence services.
Putin’s health is under intense discussion within the US government after intelligence agencies released their fourth assessment in late May, according to Newsweek. According to the classified report, Putin appears to have recovered after undergoing cancer treatment in April.
The intelligence also confirms that there was an assassination attempt on Putin in March. The senior officials are concerned that Putin is becoming increasingly paranoid about his grip on power, also leading to a shaky and unpredictable course around the struggle in Ukraine.
But it is also a course that makes the chance of a nuclear war less likely, they say. “Putin’s hold is strong, but no longer absolute,” said one of the senior intelligence officers. “Everyone feels that the end is near.”