Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in a candid interview with The Sun, disclosed surviving at least five assassination attempts, a chilling reminder of the perils of leadership during wartime. These attempts, he believes, are orchestrated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, underscoring the heightened tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
The Ukrainian leader detailed how each threat was preceded by intelligence warnings about “another group” dispatched to target him. Initially, these revelations brought panic, but Zelensky likened the recurring threats to living with Covid - an ongoing reality that one learns to adapt to.
“The first one is very interesting, when it is the first time, and after that, it is just like Covid,” he remarked, indicating a sense of resignation to the constant danger.
The Kremlin’s Alleged Schemes and Global Implications
Zelensky revealed the code name of Russia's latest operation aimed at his ouster: “Maidan 3”.
This operation, according to him, doesn't necessarily imply assassination but suggests a broader strategy for regime change in Ukraine, employing various tactics. “They will use any instruments they have,” Zelensky stated, pointing to a multifaceted approach by the Kremlin.
The conversation took a more alarming turn as Zelensky accused the Kremlin of aiding Hamas in launching attacks in Israel. This accusation adds a layer of complexity to the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, suggesting broader geopolitical ramifications and even the potential to escalate into a global conflict.
During the interview, Zelensky also touched upon the recent visit of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. This visit coincides with Zelensky’s efforts to keep international media focused on Ukraine amidst internal political debates in the United States over further financial aid to Kiev.
Zelensky’s revelations and accusations paint a picture of a leader under siege, not just from the immediate threats of assassination but from wider, more complex geopolitical maneuvers. The Ukrainian president’s resilience and determination to navigate through these challenges remain a testament to his leadership in these tumultuous times.