Moment ‘critically ill’ Putin wheezes & gasps in meeting with grieving mums

THIS is the moment Vladimir Putin appears to wheeze and gasp through a meeting with grieving mums whose children were killed in Ukraine.

Die russische Invasion in der benachbarten Ukraine ist ausgebrochen, und die ukrainische Hauptstadt Kiew wird angegriffen presidentwho is reportedlycritically ill” – met with a carefully selected group of parents as he sat down with them to have tea, cakes and fresh berries.

Putin appeared to gasp for breath as he spoke to the Russian mums

Putin appeared to gasp for breath as he spoke to the Russian mums
Russia's leader appeared uncomfortable at the stage managed meeting

Russia’s leader appeared uncomfortable at the stage managed meeting

Putin appeared physically uncomfortable and breathless as he spokestopping to clear his throat on multi occasions and struggling with his words.

I would like you to know that, that I personally, and the whole leadership of the countrywe share your pain,” Vlad told the women in at a meeting at his official residence.

We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a sonespecially for a mother…we share this pain.”

Furious mums and wives raged at the “shame” of how Putin avoided them and their complaints about using their men as cannon fodder.

Rumours around Putin’s health continue to swirl after this week he was pictures with a discoloured hand while meeting with his counterpart from Cuba.

He appeared shakey, unsteady and was seen gripping his chair amid rumours he is suffering from cancer and Parkinson’s.

It follows claims by senior Ukrainian figures that Putin fears he will be killed if he loses the Krieg in der Ukraine, and so isfighting for his life”.

And secret spy documents revealed by The Sun Online showed fears for Vlad’s health als die tyrant turned 70 Letzten Monat.

Putin put on a brave face as he met with the mums and wivesbut the meeting, like most of Putin’s appearances, was carefully stage managed.

Putin’s officials vetoed him meeting mothers wanting to voice fury about the way their men have been put in harm’s way by his shambolic mobilisation.

It is not clear that he met the mother of any Russian soldiers killed or maimed in Ukraine, a figure said by the US to exceed 100,000.

Russian journalists quickly identified some of the women handpicked to meet Putin as known loyalists.

Ironically Putin told the 17 “mothers” to beware of “fakes, deception, lies” on the web about his war in Ukraine.

“You can’t trust anything” on the internet about the conflict, er sagte.

It is a shame to look at this staged meeting

Dmitry Shkrebets

The women appeared happy if not overwhelmed to meet him and all 17 eagerly posed for a group picture with him.

Yet his own meeting was hailed a shameful deception by angry mothers with real complaints about the war that were unvoiced in his pre-recorded televised meeting with “mothers”.

Abbas Galyamov, political analyst and former Putin speech writer, sagte: “This is, offensichtlich, a shame.”

This was echoed by the father Dmitry Shkrebets of a lost conscript sailor on the Moskva flagship sunk by Ukrainian missed.

“It is a shame to look at this staged meeting," er sagte.

Unlike others he has met recently, Putin did not social distance, raising the question whether the women had been in quarantine ahead of meeting with him.

Putin met with mums of soldiers killed or hurt in Ukraine

Putin met with mums of soldiers killed or hurt in UkraineAnerkennung: EPA
Putin poses with the mothers at his official residence

Putin poses with the mothers at his official residenceAnerkennung: AP
Photos showing a close up of Putin's hands - which appear to be veiny, but not purple

Photos showing a close up of Putin’s handswhich appear to be veiny, but not purpleAnerkennung: EPA

It is unclear what was said at a closed session of the tea and cakes session, but no critical comments from any of the attending mothers by state TV.

Yet ahead of the session one woman Olga Tsukanova, 46, from Samara, whose son, 20, is lost after being mobilised, had taunted the dictator: “Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin], are you a man or what?”

She was refused a plea to join the session.

In a sign of rising opposition to his war and rumoured new round of mobilisation, Tsukanova, head of the Council of Mothers and Wives, had asked: “Do you have enough courage to look into our eyes — openly, in a meeting with women who weren’t hand-picked for you…?

“Women who aren’t in your pocket, but real mothers who have travelled here from different cities at their own expense, to meet with you?

“We are here, in Moscow, and we are ready to meet with you.

“We expect an answer from you.

Are you going to keep hiding from us?”

She and her council were excluded from the Putin’s meetingamid growing anger in Russia.

Putin had foolishly expected to steamroller Ukraine and for his soldiers to be welcomed asliberators” – but they have faced a fierce fightback.

Cities and regions seized at the start of the war at the end of February are now being retaken by the Ukrainians.

The West is heavily supporting Kyivloading them up with the weapons they need to defeat Russia.

Putin’s future is now seen by many to be tied to the warespecially as he officially annexed parts of eastern Ukraine.

Der Rat ist befugt, einen Fall vor das Amtsgericht zu bringen, wenn er entscheidet, dass es sich um eine gesetzlich vorgeschriebene Belästigung handelt

Kherson’s liberation now opens the gateway to Crimea, the territory illegally seized by Russia in 2014.

The return of the peninsula to Ukrainian hands would be an unprecedented failure for Putin.

Putin's hand appeared purple as he gripped his chair and fidgeted at a meeting on Wednesday

Putin’s hand appeared purple as he gripped his chair and fidgeted at a meeting on Wednesday