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John Sweeney was invited to Good Morning Britain on Wednesday to provide an update on the ground from Kyiv on the current state of the conflict which in recent weeks has seen Russian forces trapped in a brutal stalemate. Mr Sweeney was keen to point out that Vladimir Putin “doesn’t look well”, as he discusses the Russian leader’s health amid the Kremlin’s military setbacks.

Mr Sweeney told GMB: “There’s also pressure on Vladimir Putin, he’s better looking than we think.

“He still hasn’t called it a war. He still doesn’t call for universal conscription because I think he’s afraid that mums and dads in Moscow will say we don’t want our sons to go to your stupid war.

“And the Chinese are worried that their economy is in trouble because of the great drought in China and the drying up of one of the tributaries of the Yangtze, and they want Americans, Europeans and Britons to continue to buy their products , and if there is some kind of recession in Europe and Britain, it will hurt the Chinese economy.

“So the Chinese, their strategic interest is different from Putin’s.

He added: “In all of this, the big player is Vladimir Putin and you know what’s going on in his head right now?

“He was on TV the other day that he didn’t know well, his face was swollen. This is him from a month ago.

“It’s very cheerful and flashy, here he is with the ayatollahs etc. But he doesn’t look like the guy who used to go topless on his horse.

“Not so well. I think.”

A top ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Moscow would not halt its military campaign in Ukraine even if Kyiv formally renounced its aspirations to join NATO.

Former President Dmitry Medvedev, now deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, also said in a French television interview that Russia was ready to hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky under certain conditions.

Even before the February invasion, Moscow had made it clear that Ukraine’s NATO membership was unacceptable to it.

“Renouncing its participation in the North Atlantic alliance is now vital, but it is already insufficient to establish peace,” Medvedev told LCI television in quotes reported by Russian news agencies.

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Russia, he said, will continue the campaign until its goals are achieved. Putin says he wants to “denazify” Ukraine.

Kyiv and the West say this is a baseless pretext for a war of conquest.

Russia and Ukraine held several rounds of talks after the invasion began, but they have made no progress and there is little prospect of a resumption.

“It (talks) will depend on how events unfold. We were ready before meeting (Zelensky),” Medvedev said.

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