By Alex Glenn •
Published: 02 Mar 2022 • 15:06
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Russian assassination plot against President Zelenskyy foiled, according to a Ukrainian official.
According to the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov an assassination attempt by Chechen special forces has been thwarted. The special forces operatives are said to have been eliminated.
According to reports, Ukrainian authorities have claimed that an assassination attempt on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was unsuccessful. A Telegram message from Ukrainian officials confirmed that an attempt on his life had been made.
Axios reported that Danilov had confirmed that the Chechen special forces had been eliminated. The Chechen special forces are also called Kadyrovites.
Danilov said: “We are very well aware of the special operation that was to take place directly by the Kadyrovites to eliminate our president.”
Danilov also revealed that information regarding the assassination plot had been leaked by Russia’s Federal Security Service. The leak had come from people in the security forces who do not support Russia’s war against Ukraine.
As reported by CNN, Zelenskyy believes that he is Russia’s prime target. Speaking on video Zelenskyy commented: “According to our information, the enemy marked me as target No. 1, my family as target No. 2.”
He went on to add: “They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state. We have information that enemy sabotage groups have entered Kyiv.”
The United States is said to be providing support to Zelenskyy. The White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki commented: “We’re not going to get into security questions, but … we are working to provide him a range of support.”
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