Considering the current moves of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, it appears to be only normal that most would see him carrying a poker-faced and serious expression. But according to US Intelligence, there could be more than meets the eye.

Reports claim that Putin is suffering and that he is dealing with terminal bowel cancer according to a Pentagon source.

This was the suggestion made after Putin was seen with a puffy face following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The said puffy face is allegedly a sign that the Russian leader is taking chemotherapy drugs or steroids.

Also, his unsmiling expression is reportedly because Putin is dealing with a lot of pain. Hence, a possible theory aired right now is that Putin may have become more aggressive and that the attack on Ukraine was because he is dying and wants to leave a legacy.

“In the past we have seen him smile, but in 2022 there are few pictures of him looking happy,” an unnamed source stated. “Our people are confident he is ill – he is concerned about Covid as he keeps his staff at a distance.”

But from it all, most have keenly observed the face of Putin. Some have noticed how it changed, detailing how it is now oval.

"Look at his face, see how that has changed - he now has an oval face,” Lord Owen, a former foreign secretary and medical doctor, stated. "People who said, oh, it's plastic surgery or Botox, I don't believe that at all."

The argument could make sense although needs further confirmation. It is also possible that all these happened because Putin placed himself in isolation during the pandemic.

In turn, this could have affected his mental state – a reason why the attack on Ukraine was carried out.

"This man has been in complete isolation, quite extraordinary, won't see anybody, stays miles away, tremendous pressures,” Owen explained. "Which indicates he's on a steroid and probably, maybe, a combination of both."

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin Getty Images | MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP

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