Ukraine LIVE: Putin health fears erupt as Russian leader cancels major engagement

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The Direct Line to Vladimir Putin live TV event, which occurs every year and allows ordinary Russians to quiz their leader on anything, has suddenly been postponed. The event, which usually takes place in June every year, typically lasts three to four hours. The delay comes amid fierce speculation over the Russian President’s health with some saying he would be unable to manage the lengthy TV engagement. There have been claims that Putin is battling either blood, thyroid or abdominal cancer as well as Parkinson’s, with some Western sources saying that he has undergone surgery since the “special military operation” in Ukraine began. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has insisted that Putin is not ill, despite claims that some recent televised appearances were choreographed to disguise it.


‘Endless caravan of death’ Hundreds of bodies removed from Mariupol buildings

Hundreds of bodies are being taken out of Mariupol in an “endless caravan of death,” according to a Mariupol official. 

In a search of about two-fifths of the buildings, 50 to 100 bodies have been found in each according to mayoral aide Petro Andryushchenko.

He described the situation as an “endless caravan of death” in a message on Telegram.

Ukrainian authorities previously estimated at least 21,000 civilians were killed during the siege of Mariupol.

Reports have since surfaced of mass graves holding thousands of bodies.

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