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Ukrainian Forces Foil Assassination Plot Against Zelensky

Ukrainian Forces Foil Assassination Plot Against Zelensky

Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council chief Oleksiy Danilov announced during a briefing Tuesday that Ukrainian forces had foiled an assassination plot against President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to a Telegram post from Ukrainian authorities. “We are well aware of the special operation that was to take place directly by the Kadyrovites to eliminate our president,” Danilov said, per the post.

In the Telegram message, Danilov said that a unit of elite Chechen special forces, known as Kadyrovites, had been behind the plot and had subsequently been “eliminated.”

Ukrainian authorities had been tipped off about the plot by members of Russia’s Federal Security Service who do not support the war, he added. Danilov elaborated that the Kadyrovite group had been divided into two, with one being destroyed in Gostomel and the other “under fire.” According to a Ukrainian newspaper, Russian President Vladimir Putin last month directed the Chechen leader Kadyrov to carry out the assassination, the Washington Post reported. The Federal Security Service, also known as the FSB, is a successor to the KGB.

Several reports and rumors of assassination attempts against Zelensky have emerged since Russia invaded Ukraine last Thursday, when he warned that Russian “sabotage groups” had entered Kyiv and were hunting for him and his family. Zelensky has said since the start of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine that he would be a prime target for assassination. Last Thursday,

Neither the Chechens nor Putin has publicly commented on Ukraine’s claim that the Chechen forces were sent to kill Zelensky and were then killed themselves.

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