Zelensky fires bodyguard chief over foiled assassination plot | EUROtoday

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday fired the top of the division answerable for his private safety after two of its officers have been detained this week over an alleged assassination plot.

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Zelensky revealed a decree to “dismiss Sergiy Leonidovich Rud from the post of head of the State Protection Department of Ukraine”.

It didn’t state a motive for Rud’s removing or title a alternative to the extremely delicate place.

The announcement got here after Ukraine’s SBU safety service introduced Tuesday it had foiled a Russian plot to assassinate Zelensky and different senior officers.

It stated it had detained two colonels from the bodyguard division on suspicion of passing secret data to Russia’s rival FSB safety service.

One of them, it alleged, had personally offered rocket rounds, drones and anti-personnel mines for an agent to hold out assaults.

Rud, 47, had headed the division – which oversees the non-public safety of the president, different senior officers and their households – since 2019.

Zelensky has been a goal for Russia because it invaded in February 2022. He stated final yr that he was conscious of at the very least “five or six” foiled assassination plots in opposition to him.