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Poles arrested for suspected plot to assault Zelensky

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A Pole is claimed to have collected details about safety measures at an airport and handed it on to Russia. The intention was apparently an assault on the Ukrainian president. Now the person has been arrested.

IA person has been arrested in Poland who apparently needed to assist Russian army intelligence plan an assassination try on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Polish citizen was caught on Wednesday on Polish territory, the general public prosecutor's workplace in Warsaw mentioned on Thursday. The investigators accuse him of declaring his “willingness to act for foreign secret services against Poland.” If convicted, he may withstand eight years in jail.

According to prosecutors, the person is claimed to have collected details about safety precautions at Rzeszow airport, about 90 kilometers from Poland's border with Ukraine, and handed it on to the Russians.

“This was intended, among other things, to help the Russian secret services plan a possible assassination attempt on a foreign head of state: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,” the assertion mentioned.

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The suspect agreed to work for Russian army intelligence and made contact with a number of Russian residents who have been straight concerned within the hostilities in Ukraine. The tip about him got here from the Ukrainian public prosecutor's workplace, which introduced intensive proof to the Polish investigators.

EU and NATO member Poland is an in depth army ally of Ukraine and an necessary hub for Western army help to Kiev. According to Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin, the accused was supposedly commissioned by Russia to “collect information about the security of Rzeszow-Jasionka airport and pass it on to the aggressor state.”

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The closely guarded airport in Rzeszow performs a central position not just for arms deliveries. It is the arrival and departure level for all Western politicians who wish to journey to Kiev. And additionally for Zelensky and different high Ukrainian politicians on their option to the West. Zelensky typically finally ends up there when touring overseas.

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Since the airspace over Ukraine is closed resulting from air strikes, politicians are touring to and from Kiev by night time prepare. The arrival level for the trains is the Polish border city of Przemysl. From there it’s about 70 kilometers to Rzeszow Airport. “This case underscores the ongoing threat that Russia poses not only to Ukraine and Ukrainians, but also to the entire free world,” the Ukrainian Prosecutor General mentioned on X.