Ukraine's Zelensky reveals he's survived 'six' assassination attempts by Putin and claims Moscow is plotting new bid at regime-change – as he accuses Kremlin of bringing planet to the brink of WW3
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Volodymyr Zelensky has revealed that he has survived at least ‘five or six’ assassination attempts since Russia invaded Ukraine last year and claims Vladimir Putin is planning regime-change.
The battle-hardened Ukrainian president also accused Moscow of ‘lighting fires’ across the world and bringing the planet to the brink of a Third World War with its lawless and barbaric war in Europe.
He also revealed that the Kremlin is plotting to topple him before the end of the year in a mission apparently dubbed ‘Maidan 3’ – a reference to the Euromaidan revolution of 2014 which sparked the Russian annexation of Crimea and led to the outbreak of war.
‘The first [assassination attempt] is very interesting, when it is the first time, and after that it is just like Covid,’ he told the Sun newspaper. ‘First of all people don’t know what to do with it and it’s looking very scary.
‘And then after that, it is just intelligence just sharing with you detail that one more group came to Ukraine to [attempt] this.’
In a further interview with the Times, Zelensky said: ‘Ukraine today [is] in the centre of these global risks of this Third World War. And I really think that Russia will push until the United States and China together will tell them very, very seriously to go out of [our] territory.’
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