Ukraine President Zelensky says Putin might be dead as more health fears emerge

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Vladimir Putin could be dead following fresh claims about the Russian tyrant's dwindling health.

Putin is rumoured to be suffering from cancer, Parkinson's disease, or both.

Those rumours gained fresh life today (Thursday, January 19) when it was revealed he would not be filmed topless taking his traditional dip into freezing waters for a Russian orthodox celebration (as he usually is each year).

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That came just days after an alleged Kremlin insider claimed Putin is suffering from "weakness, dizziness and lack of appetite" caused by drug therapy.

Addressing world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Zelensky went one step further and suggested Putin may have already died.

He said: "Right now I don’t understand who to talk to. I am not sure whether the president of Russia is still alive.

"I don’t understand that he’s still alive or that it is him particularly making decisions."

The Kremlin has continued to deny the claims that Putin is ill.

That said, conspiracy theories about a body double replacing an ill Putin have been around for decades.

In the early 2000s, during the early days of his presidency, endless stories suggested he was in poor health after a stroke.

By 2008, the Pentagon compiled a study claiming the despot suffered from Asperger's. A couple of years later, his mental health was questioned along with his apparent use of botox after being seen with a black eye.

Following Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's postponement of a visit to Russia, citing Putin's "health problems", the rumour mill sprang into action again in 2012.

Earlier this year, Ukraine's chief of defence intelligence claimed the tyrant had been battling cancer for a "long time" and that he would die "very quickly".

Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, said sources close to the Kremlin leader confirmed he was suffering from cancer.

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