Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has escaped an assassination attempt, a government official claimed early today, Wednesday, March 2, 2022.
A report by Anadolu Agency quoted the Interfax-Ukraine news agency as reporting on its website that the attempt on Zelenskyy’s life was planned by members of the elite unit of the Kadyrovtsy (Kadyrov followers). The report quoted Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, as confirming the development on the air on the Ukraine 24 TV channel.
“The special operation that was to be carried out directly by Kadyrovtsy to eliminate our president is fully known to us today. I can say that we received information from representatives of the FSB (Russia’s Federal Security Service) who have no desire to take part in this bloody war. Thanks to this, the Kadyrov elite group that came here to liquidate our president was killed,” Danilov told Ukraine 24.
The Kadyrovtsy is a paramilitary organization in Chechnya that serves as the protection of Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic.
The alleged assassination attempt took place as Russia stepped up its war against Ukraine in defiance of global opinion, with Russian troops bombarding the capital city Kiev, and second largest city, Kharkiv, hours after Monday’s peace talks between both countries in neighbouring Belarus.