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A former Russian spy who claims she trained in the same gruelling military programme as Vladimir Putin has shared her chilling thoughts on the war – saying the Russian president will ‘go till the end’.
Last year, Aliia Roza hit headlines after revealing her past as a Russian spy who fell in love with her target and barely escaped with her life.
The 37-year-old has now shared her thoughts on Putin and his motives, believing he wants ‘full control of Ukraine’ by replacing President Zelenskyy.
She said: "I was trained in the same military programme as Putin and we learned how to stay calm and cold-blooded in a very stressful situation.
"Mr. Putin always wins; he can’t lose this war and back up, because it will damage his reputation.
"He will go till the end."
Born in the USSR to a father who was a high-ranking military General, Aliia says she was expected to follow in his footsteps and join the Russian military.
However, things didn’t quite go to plan, as Aliia found herself romantically involved with the man she was meant to gather intelligence on.
In a cruel twist of fate, the spy was forced to escape Moscow and has not been back in over a decade.
The former spy has friends in both Ukraine and Russia, who tell her they are ‘scared’ of the Russian president's regime.
Aliia continued: "Putin's strategy is obvious – don't let NATO place any rockets / weapons in Ukraine and he will do everything to achieve his goal.
"But, he believed that it would be easy, as it was when he sent the Russian army to Kazakhstan due to revolution in January 2021.
"He didn’t expect that Ukrainians would fight back and have support from the whole world.
"Personally, I feel very sad and devastated that civilians are dying every day.
"My relatives and friends live in Ukraine and in Russia. I am really worried about them."
"I speak with them every day and [they tell me] Russians over 45 are following Putin’s regime because they are scared", she continued. "People are tired after Covid, no one wants to have a war."
"Russian soldiers [are] usually not the ones who can choose to go to the war or not, there is the order – they have to follow it."
Aliia now spends her time living between Los Angeles and London, and reportedly brushes shoulders with the likes of Mike Tyson, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and even Prince Charles.
She is currently fundraising to gather donations for Ukrainian children as well as sharing self-defence techniques on social media so that ‘everyone can fight back’.
If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information
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