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Ukraine says kill squad sent to assassinate president has been 'destroyed'


Sympathetic Russian agents allegedly tipped Ukraine off about the plot

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A Ukrainian defense official announced this week that a kill squad sent to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had been "eliminated" by the country's armed forces, according to a Telegram post from Ukrainian authorities.

Oleksiy Danilov, chief of the country's National Security and Defense Council, reportedly said during a briefing on Tuesday that Ukrainian officials had recently been made aware of a "special operation" that was to be carried out against Zelenskyy by an elite Chechen special forces unit, known as the Kadyrovites.

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