Headline RoundupMay 8th, 2024

Alleged Russian Plot to Assassinate President Zelenskyy Thwarted, Ukraine Says

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Ukrainian counterintelligence investigators claim to have disrupted a Russian plot to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other top Ukraine military and political figures. 

The Details: Two colonels in the State Guard of Ukraine, the entity responsible for protecting high-ranking officials, were detained on suspicion of devising this assassination plan under instructions from Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB. Intended to occur before Russian President Vladimir Putin's inauguration, the plan involved surveillance of Zelenskyy and other senior Ukrainian officials' movements. The Ukrainian colonels were supposed to locate these officials and target them with a rocket attack, followed by drones and missiles.

For Context: This is not the first time claims of Russian efforts to kill Zelenskyy have surfaced. Zelenskyy stated in 2022 that there had been at least ten attempts to assassinate him.

How The Media Covered It: News coverage in mainstream western media tended to be fairly similar across the spectrum, often framing assassination attempts against Zelenskyy as "not new." This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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