Russia’s number one target, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has reportedly survived three assassination attempted in the last week, new report claims.
According to The Times, mercenaries from Wagner group, who are sponsored by the Russian government and Chechen special forces were both sent to kill the Ukrainian president since Russia’s invasion began last week.
But the assassins were foiled by saboteur anti-war members within Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) – who alerted Ukraine officials, The Times reported.
Ukraine Secretary of National Security and Defense confirmed the three assassination attempts and told local press that he had received information from the double agents ‘who do not want to take part in this bloody war.’
One of the groups that reportedly tried to kill Zelensky, 44, was the Wagner Group – which has 400 members located in Kyiv as members infiltrated Ukraine with a 24-name ‘kill list.’ If the attempt had been succesful, Russian President Vladimir Putin would have been able to deny any involvement in the killing plot.
‘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,’ a source told the Times. ‘In terms of the impact on Russian sovereign policy, this would be perhaps their biggest mission so far. It would have a major impact on the war.
The assasins hit list included Ukraine’s prime minister, the entire cabinet, mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir – both boxing champions .
The plan was sabotaged after they reached the upper echelons of the Ukrainian government on Saturday morning, prompting Kyiv authorities to declare a 36-hour curfew, ordering everyone indoors so that soldiers could attack any Russian saboteurs, the report adds .
Last week, the US offered to evacuate Zelensky, who then told Biden he ‘needed ammunition, not a ride’ despite Ukraine facing several bomb threats and a potential nuclear war.