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Ukraine intelligence chief repeats claim Putin is using body doubles and says EARS are a giveaway

Ukrainian intelligence chief repeats claim Putin uses a body double… and says his EARS are the giveaway

  • Ukrainian intelligence sources allege Vladimir Putin may have used a body double
  • Major General Kyrylo Budanov raised suspicions about his behavior in the air
  • He claims a close examination of the president’s ears shows that they have changed
  • Budanov also claims that the body doubles have ‘different habits, gaits and height’

The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence has revived a theory that Vladimir Putin uses body doubles — pointing to his changing ears over the years as proof.

The health of the 69-year-old Russian president has been the subject of fierce debate among commentators.

His closest ally Nikolai Patrushev is said to have replaced the president during his medical appointments.

This week, Ukrainian Major General Kyrylo Budanov appeared on TV to argue to viewers that Putin’s height and ears have changed lately, The sun reports.

He said, ‘The picture, say, of the ears is different… And it’s like a fingerprint, the picture of each ear is unique. It cannot be repeated.’

Budanov went on to claim that Putin’s double body has “different habits, different manners, different gaits, sometimes even different lengths if you look closely.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) pictured with then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2006

Same person?  Putin is pictured giving a speech at the Kremlin on April 11, 2018, but Ukraine's intelligence chief says the ear is different from Putin's previous appearances

Same person? Putin is pictured giving a speech at the Kremlin on April 11, 2018, but Ukraine’s intelligence chief says the ear is different from Putin’s previous appearances

Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Putin chairs a metallurgy conference in the Kremlin on August 1.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the 2014 Winter Olympics (left) chairing a metallurgy conference in the Kremlin on August 1 (right)

Major General Kyrylo Budanov (right) has raised suspicions about an alleged double of the Russian prime minister, whose health has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months

Major General Kyrylo Budanov (right) has raised suspicions about an alleged double of the Russian prime minister, whose health has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, is said to have replaced the Russian leader during medical appointments

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, is said to have replaced the Russian leader during medical appointments

Budanov had previously claimed Vladimir Putin’s body had been ‘doubled’ before his arrival at a summit in Tehran last month.

While the Russian leader looked uneasy as he descended the steps of his presidential plane in Tehran, Ukrainian sources noted that he moved unusually fast and was more alert than in previous public appearances.

The Russian Prime Minister looked animated as he greeted the waiting party, before stripping off his coat and clambering into a heavily armored limousine.

Budanov said he was suspicious of Putin’s appearance in a live interview on Ukraine’s 1+1 news channel.

Ukrainian reports said Budanov suggested a Putin lookalike could have flown to Tehran to meet the presidents of Iran and Turkey.

“I’ll just give a hint,” he said. “Please watch the moment when Putin gets off the plane. Is it Putin at all?’

The head of Ukraine's military intelligence service said a

The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service said a “double” body of Vladimir Putin may have been used before his arrival at a summit in Tehran.

While the Russian leader looked uneasy as he descended the steps of his presidential plane in Tehran, Ukrainian sources noted that he moved unusually fast and was more alert than in previous public appearances.

While the Russian leader looked uneasy as he descended the steps of his presidential plane in Tehran, Ukrainian sources noted that he moved unusually fast and was more alert than in previous public appearances.

The Russian leader’s visit to Tehran, where he met Iran’s leaders, plus Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, attracted worldwide attention.

It is only the second time Putin has been abroad since launching his brutal invasion of Ukraine five months ago.

In one video, Erdoğan kept Putin waiting, with the Russian ruler looking uneasy as he shuffled his feet and made strange facial movements.

But previously, Ukraine did not suggest that this was a Putin doppelgänger.

At the time, the official Anton Gerashchenko posted on Telegram: “Erdogan kept Putin waiting during the meeting in Tehran.

The whole spectrum of emotions of the humiliated and offended Fuhrer is on his face.

“The bunker is indeed the best place to stay with a face like that.”

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