Putin to leave Russia for first time since Ukraine war and failed assassination

Vladimir Putin is set to venture out of Russia for the first time since he ordered Russian troops into Ukraine and managed to avoid an assassination attempt on his life.

Ever since Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine back In February of this year, he hasn’t ventured out of the safety of Russia.

But today reports claim that the Russian president will travel to two small former Soviet states in Central Asia shortly.

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Thousands of people have died as a result of the war, with millions of families displaced, and Putin's actions have had serious financial implications on the Western world – including the rising fuel prices.

Pavel Zarubin, the Kremlin correspondent of the Rossiya 1 state television station, said Putin would visit Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and then meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo for talks in Moscow.

In Dushanbe, Putin will meet Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon, a close Russian ally and the longest-serving ruler of a former Soviet state. In Ashgabat, he will attend a summit of Caspian nations as reported by Reuters.

The trips are planned for June 30 and July 1 where Putin will meet Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, RIA news agency cited.

The trips will also mark the first journey outside Russia since Putin survived a reported 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.

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In an interview broadcast on May 24, Mr Budanov told Ukrainian Pravda Putin was "attacked".

Mr Budanov said: "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 two months ago."

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