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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky survives three assassination attempts in one week

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has survived three assassination attempts in one week after his security team was warned ahead of time about the danger to his life.

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 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. The US offered to airlift Zelenskyy out of Kyiv as the fighting intensifies, but he declined telling them, “I need ammunition, not a ride.”

Zelensky sent a message to Putin on Thursday calling for face-to-face negotiations with the Russian President. “Good Lord, what do you want, Leave our land. If you don’t want to leave now, sit down with me at the negotiating table,” Zelensky said during a televised news conference, according to a translation from journalist Max Seddon.

“But not from 30 meters away, like with Macron and Scholz. I don’t bite. What are you afraid of? Any words are more important than shots,” he said according to the Associated Press.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEWSWEEK

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