Ukraine LIVE: 'Seriously ill' Putin exposed by former British spy as Azovstal evacuated

Former British spy Christopher Steele, who wrote a dossier on Donald Trump and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, told Sky News: “Certainly, from what we’re hearing from sources in Russia and elsewhere, is that Putin is, in fact, quite seriously ill. It’s not clear exactly what this illness is — whether it’s incurable or terminal, or whatever. But certainly, I think it’s part of the equation.” The speculation over the Russian President’s turbulent health comes at a moment of relief for Ukraine. More than 260 Ukrainian troops have been evacuated from the Azovstal steelplant in the besieged port city, Mariupol. The evacuation comes after a weeks-long standoff with Russian forces who have continuously shelled the plant. Anna Malyar, Ukraine’s deputy defence minister, said an exchange would be made for their safe return home.


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