Ukraine foils Russian assassination plot focusing on Zelensky | EUROtoday

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Ukraine on Tuesday introduced that it had detained two Ukrainian safety officers concerned in a plot coordinated by Russia to assassinate senior Ukrainian officers, together with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Two colonels within the State Guard of Ukraine, which protects high officers, have been detained on suspicion of enacting the plan drawn up by Russia’s Federal Security Service, a press release mentioned. The colonels have been recruited earlier than Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, in response to the assertion.

It quoted the top of the State Security Service, Vasyl Maliuk, as saying the plot foresaw an assault forward of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a fifth time period Tuesday. Maliuk mentioned he personally oversaw the top-secret operation to trace the plot.

Zelensky has been focused by Russia on a number of events, together with at first of the Russian invasion in February 2022, in response to Kyiv.

In the newest assassination plot, Ukrainian safety officers mentioned Russia had labored to determine people near Zelensky’s safety element who may take the Ukrainian chief hostage and kill him.

The two Ukrainian colonels have been arrested on suspicion of treason, which carries a life sentence, the assertion mentioned.

Polish and Ukrainian prosecutors introduced final month they’d detained a person suspected of aiding a Russian assassination plot on Zelensky.

Last August, the SBU mentioned a girl had been arrested over a plot to kill the Ukrainian chief by making an attempt to uncover particulars of his actions outdoors Kyiv.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and Reuters)