Zelensky has survived more than 10 assassination attempts since Russian invasion, says President’s Office

9 March 2022, 06:57 PM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has survived over 10 assassination attempts since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President’s Office of Ukraine, said in an interview with the Ukrayinska Pravda online newspaper on March 9.

“Our foreign partners are talking about two or three attempts,” Podolyak said.

“I believe that there have been more than a dozen such attempts. Because we’re constantly receiving intelligence that there are some sabotage and reconnaissance groups trying to enter the government quarter, etc.”

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The advisor stressed that the Ukrainian intelligence is monitoring the situation and the assassins are being eliminated as they approach.

“Because of security, I can’t talk about certain things,” said Podolyak.

“These risks have not disappeared. Western intelligence is right that Mr. Zelensky was the main target for Putin in terms of attacking the government quarter and trying to assassinate the country’s key leader.”

On March 3, UK newspaper The Times reported that President Zelensky had survived at least three assassination attempts. However, these plans were thwarted by anti-war elements within Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

At 0500 on Feb. 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had decided to launch a “special operation” in the Donbas following a request from the puppet authorities in the non-government-controlled Luhansk and Donetsk territories. Previously, the Russian government repeatedly stated that it would not attack Ukraine, while for months it massed troops and equipment next to its border with Ukraine.

March 9 is the 14th day of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russia is advancing from the north, east and south.

Russian troops continue to bombard and shell Ukrainian cities, in particular residential areas, although they are suffering serious losses as the Ukrainian military puts up fierce resistance.

Ordinary Ukrainians are also continuing to defend themselves, joining the territorial defense units and protecting the entrances to their settlements.

At the same time, international support for Ukraine is growing – Western countries are increasingly strengthening their sanctions against Russia.

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