Live: Putin to have surgery, ex-KGB boss takes over for now, report says

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Latest Live Updates: Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to undergo cancer surgery and appoint hard-line former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev to temporarily take control of the invasion of Ukraine while he is under the knife, an insider has said. Kremlin.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky switched to Russian in his nightly video address to urge Russian soldiers not to fight in Ukraine, saying even their generals expected thousands of them to die. He said Russia was recruiting new troops with little motivation and little combat experience for units that were emptied in the first weeks of the war so that those units could be sent back to battle. He said Russian commanders fully understood that thousands of them would die and thousands more would be injured in the coming weeks.

Despite a drop in new daily Covid cases, active infections have risen to 513 in Tamil Nadu with 49 more people testing positive, the health department said on Saturday. With these new cases, the number of Covid cases in Tamil Nadu has risen to 34,53,932. Of the new cases, 24 are male and 25 female, the bulletin said. Chennai accounted for the majority of new cases with 36. Chengalpet recorded six new Covid cases, while Coimbatore, Erode, Kanyakumari, Namakkal, Salem, Tiruvallur and Vellore reported one case each.

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