The Ukrainian security service (SBU) has announced that it has thwarted an alleged plot to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The SBU claims to have arrested a woman who was suspected of gathering intelligence about Zelenskiy's movements. The woman was reportedly collecting information about Zelenskiy's visit to the Mykolaiv region, and it was suggested that Russia was planning a significant air assault in the area.
President Zelenskiy himself confirmed the update on the situation through his Telegram channel, mentioning that the head of the SBU had briefed him on the "fight against traitors."
This incident is part of a broader context of heightened tensions between Ukraine and Russia. There have been previous reports of threats to Zelenskiy's safety, including alleged attempts by Russian actors. For instance, a drone attack on Moscow earlier in the year was attributed to Ukraine's military, and the Kremlin described it as an attempt to assassinate President Vladimir Putin, leading to concerns of potential reprisals.
Furthermore, at the outset of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Zelenskiy had publicly stated that he was aware of threats on his life. In the past, reports emerged suggesting that Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group had been present in Kyiv with orders to target Zelenskiy as part of a strategy to destabilize Ukraine.
These events highlight the complex and high-stakes nature of the political and security situation in the region, with potential ramifications on both national and international levels.