Putin spotted limping as he desperately prays ‘for divine intervention’ in war

A limping Vladimir Putin has prayed for prompt divine intervention in his war against Ukraine.

Recent footage shows him with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko as they visited the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Valaam monastery in Russia’s Karelia Republic.

The monastery, located on Lake Ladoga, is close to one of Putin’s palaces.

As Putin arrived at the monastery he appeared to be limping as he was accompanied by Lukashenko, his security, and priests.

The visit followed an earlier inspection of the Kronstadt Naval Cathedral, the main temple used by the Russian Navy.

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According to reports, the two dictators joined in a prayer with an Orthodox priest.

In the footage, the priest can be heard incanting: “We pray for the granting of victory to our Christ-loving leaders and our army over the enemy.

“We pray, all-gifted Lord, hear us soon and have mercy on us. Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.”

Prior to visiting the monastery, Putin and Lukashenko had touched the relic of St Nicholas the Wonderworker at the Russian Navy’s main cathedral.

The religious foray follows yet another blow for Putin in his illegal war against Ukraine.

It was revealed earlier this week that the dictator has last another key military leader.

Colonel Yevgeny Vashunin, 47, was “mortally wounded” on July 14.

Reports suggest Vashunin, leader of the Leningrad regiment, was separated from fellow soldiers when he was hit.

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Alexander Belsky, head of the St Petersburg regional assembly, said the colonel was “cut off from fellow soldiers and seriously wounded”.

He added: “Despite the self-help measures taken, he died, selflessly fighting until the last minute.”

Following his death, Vashunin will be posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia medal, the country’s highest honour.

Vashunin’s death is another blow to Putin who allegedly believed the war would be over quickly when he invaded in on February 24, 2022.

Several commentators from around the world thought the war could be over in a matter of weeks after Russia advanced quickly.

However, Ukraine surprised many as they held and then began to push back Russian forces.

So far, their military is continuing to push eastwards as part of a summer offensive.

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky is calling for the West to assist with more advanced weapons with greater reach to help them push Russian forces out of all Ukrainian territory, including Crimea.

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