Ukraine Claims To Have Eliminated Chechen Hit Squad Targeting Zelensky

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky holds a press conference on Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Feb. 25, 2022. (Presidency of Ukraine/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (VINnews) — Two elite Chechen death squads sent to kill Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky have been “neutralized” — thanks to intelligence from Russian security forces sympathetic to Ukraine, according to a senior Ukraine official.

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Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said on Ukrainian TV Tuesday that sources inside the Russian FSB gave Kyiv the intelligence needed to track down the assassins, according to a report in The New Voice of Ukraine.

“They were divided in two groups, we were tracking them,” said Danilov.

“One group was handled near Hostomel [northwest of Kyiv], the other one is in our sights.”

“We won’t give up our president, our country,” Danilov added. “This is our land, be gone.”

It was not immediately clear how close they got to Mr Zelensky.

According to US intelligence, a Russian aim has been to “decapitate” the Ukrainian government by removing its leadership.

Mr Zelensky has described how the “enemy has marked me as target number one.”


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