Russian President Vladimir Putin survived an assassination attempt two months ago, Ukraine intelligence claims.

A hit on the tyrant at the start of his invasion on Ukraine fell through and proved to be nothing more than an "unsuccessful attempt" on his life, according to Ukraine's Chief of Defence Intelligence.

Kyrylo Budanov has claimed Putin was attacked in the Caucasus in an assassination plot which has remained hidden under wraps since it happened.

In an interview which will be broadcast in full tomorrow (Tuesday, May 24), Mr Budanov told Ukrainian Pravda: "Putin was assassinated…

"He was even attacked in the line of, as they say, representatives of the Caucasus not so long ago.

"This is non-public information. Absolutely unsuccessful attempt, but it really took place… It was about 2 months ago."

"Once again, he was unsuccessful. There is no publicity about this event, but it took place."

The Caucasus is the area in eastern Europe comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and parts of southern Russia.

The brutal Russian leader is rumoured to be suffering with cancer and Parkinson's disease and theories have circulated that he will soon lose his grip on power.

It comes after shocking photos surfaced recently showing Putin's newly bloated face.

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The Ukrainian Major General waded into the Putin health debate earlier this month, saying he's in "very bad condition" with cancer and other illnesses ravaging his body.

He said at the time: “Mr Putin is in a very bad psychological and physical condition and he is very sick."

Putin is reportedly gripped by paranoia and spends his days in an underground bunker where his food is tested for poison and he frets about the chemical levels of water on his morning swim.

The insecure former-KGB agent is so worried about being assassinated again he has even retreated away from his formerly trusted inner circle.

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It’s a sign that Putin is taking threats about him being ousted by the Kremlin very seriously following reports top Russian officers were turning against their leader after his disastrous invasion of Ukraine.

Russian analyst Christo Grozev told Radio Liberty that military officials would disobey Putin if he ordered them to fire a nuclear weapon.

Although the Russian President used to enjoy spending time with his inner circle, he is now terrified they are plotting against him.

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