TOPSHOT – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a press conference in Kyiv on March 3, 2022. – Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the West on March 3, 2022, to increase military aid to Ukraine, saying Russia would advance on the rest of Europe otherwise.
The Ukrainian president previously said he is the “number one target” for Vladimir Putin, whose invasion of Ukraine has entered its second week.
According to The Times, plots to “eliminate” Zelenskyy, 44, have come from two sets of mercenaries – the Kremlin-backed Wagner group and Chechen special forces.
The newspaper reported the Wagner group have been alarmed by how accurately Ukrainian forces have been able to anticipate their moves.
Plans from both groups have been thwarted after anti-war Russians gave intelligence to Ukrainian authorities, it is claimed.
The Secretary of National Security and Defence told local journalists: “I can say that we have received information from [Russia’s Federal Security Service], who do not want to take part in this bloody war.”
On Saturday a group from the Chechen attempted to kill Zelenskyy, but were “eliminated”, a Ukrainian security official said in a televised address.
Zelenskyy has become one of the most well-known faces in the world after the Russian invasion, and refuses to leave Kyiv for safety as enemy forces encircle the city.
The US offered to airlift Zelenskyy out of Kyiv as the fighting intensifies, but he declined telling them, “I need ammunition, not a ride.”
Putin expected an easy victory, but his forces have been met with fierce resistance from the Ukrainian people, causing his underprepared soldiers to suffer heavy losses and slow progression.