Ukrainian counterintelligence claims to have foiled a possible assassination attempt on President Volodymyr Zelensky.
A group of Russian saboteurs led by a secret service agent was arrested in the town of Uzhhorod, in the border area between Ukraine, Slovakia and Hungary, Ukraine UNIEN Press Agency reported.
The group of some 25 men were also reportedly tasked with carrying out acts of sabotage in the government district in Ukraine and other parts of the country.
The men reportedly planned to pose as members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in order to travel to the Ukrainian capital.
The report, however, could not be independently verified.
The Ukrainian government claims that since the start of the war, Russian spy squads have attempted to enter kyiv and eliminate Zelensky on several occasions to no avail.
On March 2, 2022, an elite Chechen special forces unit, known as the Kadyrovitesallegedly on a secret mission to assassinate Zelensky, were intercepted and eliminated on the outskirts of kyiv.
Ukrainian Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, had, in a marathon broadcast broadcast on Ukrainian television channels, confirmed the foiled secret operation.
He said Ukrainian intelligence acted on the exposure of “fifth columnists” within the Kremlin who did not subscribe to the bloody war.
Meanwhile, Zelensky called on the people of his country to continue the fight against Russian troops in the face of increasing violence against civilians.
In a video message on Monday, Zelensky called on Ukrainians to do everything possible to protect their country, saying the invaders must be expelled, in order to ensure the restoration of peace and security for the Ukrainian people.
He called the Russian military “tourists with tanks” and “slaves to their propaganda, which changed their consciousness.”
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