“Our foreign partners are talking about two or three attempts. I believe that there were more than a dozen such attempts,” presidential adviser Mikhail Podolyak told online newspaper Ukrainian Pravda on Wednesday.
“We have a very powerful network of intelligence and counterintelligence, they track it all,” he said, adding that, as a result, would-be assassins are “liquidated on the way”.
“Western intelligence is right to say that the main target for [Vladimir] Putin was Mr Zelensky in terms of attacking the government quarter and trying to kill the country’s key manager.”
Ukraine claims the attempts were thwarted after anti-war FSB agents passed on the intelligence to the country’s officials about plans of the two mercenary groups.
“You know, we used to say: Monday is a hard day. There is war in the country, so every day is Monday,” the president began.
“And now we are used to the fact that every day and every night are like that."
“I stay here. I stay in Kyiv, on Bankova Street. I am not hiding”, he said. “I’m not hiding and I’m not afraid of anyone. As much as it takes to win this patriotic war of ours.”
Mr Zelensky also winked at the camera in a video released on Tuesday and told Ukrainians that “everything is fine”.
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