Russian plot to assassinate Zelensky in air strike foiled as informant arrested

A Ukrainian woman has been arrested by Kyiv’s Security Service in connection with a plot to assassinate Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, the SBU said Monday.

The woman has not been publicly named but is from the city of Mykolaiv, officials said. She allegedly planned to send details of Zelensky’s trip to Moscow for a coordinated air strike.

According to Ukraine’s SBU intelligence service, the suspect was “gathering intelligence” about the Ukrainian president’s planned visit to the Mykolaiv region of Ukraine at the end of July.

Ukrainian intelligence officials were tipped off about the “subversive activities” of the alleged informant before she could strike.

The plot would see an airstrike target Ukraine’s leader while he was visiting the city of Mykolaiv last week near the south-eastern front.

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The woman allegedly planned to pass information to the Russians on Zelensky’s exact whereabouts in the city where the President would be visiting.

Moscow would then target these exact areas with the aim of killing Zelensky, according to the SBU.

The informant apparently had other goals as well including passing the locations of key military targets to Russian forces.

“The enemy informer had other goals. In particular, to identify the location of electronic warfare systems and warehouses with ammunition of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Ochakov region,” the SBU said in a statement.

The intelligence service said it had caught the woman “red-handed” while she was attempting to pass intelligence to her Russian handlers.

According to the SBU the woman resident of the Ochakov region and worked in a military store on the territory of a military unit there. The alleged informant now faces up to 12 years in prison, according to the agency. She has not been named.

According to Ukrainian Government officials, Zelensky has survived several assassination attempts in the past. After Vladimir Putin launched the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Wagner Group mercenaries as well as Chechen special forces were allegedly sent to Kyiv to kill the President.

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