Zelenskyy fires head of Ukraine’s state guards in wake of foiled assassination plot

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismissed the pinnacle of the state guards on Thursday, two days after two of its members had been accused of plotting to assassinate the president.

Zelenskyy issued a decree dismissing Serhiy Rud. No successor was recognized.

Its state safety service (SBU) mentioned this week it had caught two males, colonels within the state guard service, accused of plotting the assassination of Zelenskyy and different high officers.

The SBU mentioned the assassinations had been to have been a “present” for Vladimir Putin as he was sworn in for a brand new time period within the Kremlin on Tuesday.

It mentioned the boys had been recruited by Russia’s Federal Safety Service (FSB) who leaked categorized data to Moscow.

The lads, the SBU mentioned, had been tasked with discovering somebody near the presidential guard who would take Zelenskyy hostage and later kill him. There was no indication at what level the alleged plot had been foiled. Moscow issued no touch upon the SBU’s assertion.

The president, the very distinguished chief of his nation’s defence greater than two years into the Russian invasion, mentioned final yr that his safety providers had foiled at the least 5 Russian plots to assassinate him.

The SBU mentioned the spy group additionally deliberate to kill SBU head Vasyl Maliuk and Kyrylo Budanov, the army intelligence company’s head.

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