Shots were fired at Ukraine’s presidential aid car in an assassination attempt
A volley with shots has been fired at a car carrying Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s main aide in what a senior official has called an assassination attempt.
Local media reports that at least 19 bullets hit the car with the Ukrainian president’s assistant
Zelensky’s party has said Russia could be behind the attack, something the Kremlin rejects
The President of Ukraine says he will double the reforms against oligarchs
More than 10 bullets hit the car near the village of Lesnyky, just outside the capital Kiev, and injured the driver, according to a police statement.
It said a criminal case suspected of premeditated murder had been opened.
A local TV station said that at least 19 bullet holes could be seen on the driver’s side of the car.
A senior politician said the assistant, Serhiy Shefir, was not injured. Shefir is close to the president and leads a group of advisers.
Zelensky, who is in the United States at the UN General Assembly, said he did not know who was behind the attack, but it could be domestic or foreign powers.
“Who is behind this? Honestly, I do not know. What are these forces? Can be internal, maybe external. To say” hello “to me with shots from the woods against my friend’s car is a weakness,” he said in a television transmission statement.
The head of the president’s political party, Oleksandr Korniienko, said Russia could be behind the attack.
“A Russian trail should not be completely ruled out. We know about their ability to organize terrorist attacks in different countries,” Korniienko told reporters.
The Kremlin said proposals for Russian engagement had “nothing to do with reality.”
Zelensky’s adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, said the assassination attempt could be the result of the president’s fight against the country’s oligarchs.
“This open, deliberate and extremely violent assault with automatic weapons can not be qualified otherwise than as an attempt to kill a key member,” Podolyak said.
“We naturally associate this attack with an aggressive and even militant campaign against the active policy of the head of state,” Podolyak told local media.
“The president’s policies aimed at a fundamental transformation of the state will remain unchanged,” he said, promising tougher measures against oligarchs.
Parliament is due this week to debate a presidential law aimed at reducing the influence of the oligarchs.
Zelensky said he would double his planned reforms rather than back down.
“It does not affect the strength of our team, the course I have chosen with my team – to change, clean up our economy, fight crime and large, influential financial groups,” he said.
“This does not affect it. On the contrary, because the Ukrainian people have given me a mandate for change.”