Putin now at war with NATO and West after tanks deal, says EU chief

Mad Vlad is now at “war against NATO and the West”, an EU chief has warned.

Stefano Sannino fears the “game-changing” deal among Western leaders to deliver cutting-edge battlefield tanks to Ukraine will ignite a potentially devastating retaliation from Russia.

And Mr Sannino, secretary general of the EU’s European External Action Service, also accused Russia of launching “indiscriminate attacks” that could be directed at civilians, not just military targets.

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On the tanks given by the West, Mr Sannino said: “This development is just an evolution of the situation and of the way Russia started moving the war into a different stage.”

Russia says the US holds the key to ending the war. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused president Joe Biden of “pumping weapons into Ukraine” instead of aiding a ceasefire agreement. Elsewhere, Ukraine officials reported that troops were “inflicting losses to the enemy”.

Oleksandr Musiyenko, head of the Military and Strategic Research Centre, claimed Russian forces were running out of resources. He said: “They are relying on the numerical superiority of their troops.”

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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that Russia and NATO are getting dangerously close to all-out war and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has reporters that the international tensions were “really alarming".

Although the group of nuclear scientists behind the Doomsday Clock said Putin’s threats were the main reason for it being closer to “midnight” – nuclear annihilation – than at any point in history Peskov continues to blame the Western allies’ support of Ukraine.

”It is indeed extremely alarming and there is no sign of de-escalation, given the policy that has been adopted by the North Atlantic Alliance and the US authorities,” he said.

According to a Kremlin insider speaking to Telegram channel General SVR Vladimir Putin could trigger a nuclear war because his declining health leaves him with nothing to lose.

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The Russian leader is suffering from "weakness, dizziness and lack of appetite" caused by drug therapy for a serious illness, the source said.

"According to the close circle of Putin,” the Telegram broadcast claims, “he has become withdrawn, laconic, practically does not receive anyone, and, in general, looks deeply concerned in recent days."

The drug therapy for Putin’s illness even prompted his attack on Ukraine, the source says.

General SVR says: "The war exists in the head of one terminally ill man with a disturbed psyche who is trying to take as many people as possible with him to a mythical 'paradise'."

According to the reported insider, treatment is having a detrimental effect on his "psycho-emotional state" – which could prompt him to unleash more terrifying threats.

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Russian propaganda mouthpiece Vladimir Solovyov has called for Putin to launch nuclear strikes on Britain, France and Poland.

And several sources claim Putin, who is terminally ill, has nothing to lose by launching an assault on the West.

Reports have claimed Putin is suffering from both pancreatic cancer and early-stage Parkinson's disease.

Earlier this month, Ukraine's spy chief claimed Putin will "die very soon of cancer,” while wanted war criminal Igor Girkin predicts the Russian leader could be deposed in a massive civil war.

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Abbas Gallyamov, who worked for the Russian leader between 2000 and 2010, says Putin will hand the top job over to a carefully-chosen successor before retiring to his notorious Black Sea palace with its built-in lap dancing bar.

Gallyamov told the Khodorkovsky Live YouTube channel Putin will probably not fight the 2024 election and instead seek to give up power to a technocrat successor who could negotiate an end to the war with Ukraine and the West.

Putin’s circle no longer sees him as a “guarantor of stability” and are alarmed by the rise of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the increasingly powerful Wagner mercenary army, which is so far loyal to the Kremlin but could turn on an elite seen as failing in the war, he said.

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