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Russia-Ukraine War: President Zelenksy revealed time he was nearly captured or assassinated by assassins

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a press conference April 23, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Getty Images

In an interview with Time magazine, Zelenskyy told reporter Simon Shuster, who spent two weeks at the Ukrainian president’s residence, that Russian troops almost got him while trying to seize the capital Kyiv in a short time. Attack on February 24 – the first day the conflict broke out.

Zelenskyi said the Ukrainian military informed him that the assassins had come to Kyiv to murder or capture him, his wife and their children.

The Ukrainian leader said his wife Olena and their 17-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son were still at the presidential residence when the bombs went off.

“We woke the kids up,” Mr. Zelensky said, adding that he and his wife immediately began preparing the children to leave the property, while he himself was determined to stay.

“There was a very loud bang,” added Zelenskyj.

As night fell on the first day of the war, gunfights broke out around government compound, the Shuster reporter wrote.

According to Zelensky, the assassins attempted to enter the premises twice.

Andriy Yermak, Chief of Staff to the President of Ukraine, added: “Before that night we had only seen such things in movies.”

Mr Zelensky has reportedly avoided many assassinations since Russia unleashed the conflict in Ukraine.

“We have a very strong intelligence and counterintelligence network, they monitor everything,” an aide to the Ukrainian president, Mikhail Podolyak, told Ukraine’s Pravda news agency.

Mr Podolyak claimed that many plans to assassinate Mr Zelensky were foiled, including assassins who were killed trying to enter the Ukrainian leader’s government building.

“Our foreign partners have uncovered two or three assassination attempts. But I believe that there must have been more than a dozen such attacks,” stressed Mr. Podolyak.

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