Zelensky dodges three assassination attempts in past week: Report

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President Zelensky has survived at least three assassination attempts in the past week, The Times has learnt.

Two different outfits have been sent to kill the Ukrainian president — mercenaries of the Kremlin-backed Wagner group and Chechen special forces. Both have been thwarted by anti-war elements within Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

Wagner mercenaries in Kyiv have sustained losses during their attempts and are said to have been alarmed by how accurately the Ukrainians had anticipated their moves. A source close to the group said it was “eerie” how well briefed Zelensky’s security team appeared to be.

A source close to the situation told the outlet that Wagner mercenaries were behind two of the attempts and have sustained casualties in Kyiv.

“They would be going in there with a very high-profile mission, something that the Russians would want to be deniable — a decapitation of a head of state is a huge mission,” an unnamed official said.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov confirmed an assassination effort by Chechen special forces, known as the “Kadyrovites,” to kill Zelensky.

“I can say that we have received information from the FSB [Russia’s Federal Security Service], who today do not want to take part in this bloody war. And thanks to this, I can say that [Chechen leader Ramzan] Kadyrov’s elite group was destroyed directly, which came here to eliminate our president,” said Danilov in a Telegram message posted Tuesday local time.

Zelensky has openly acknowledged that there were threats against his life in the past week.

In a video call with European Union leaders, Zelensky said, “This might be the last time you see me alive.”

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