Wagner mercenaries enter Ukraine to ‘assassinate Zelensky’, claims Ukrainian intelligence

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Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group have traveled to Ukraine on a mission to assassinate Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky, intelligence reports say.

Defense ministry intelligence agencies said Russian President Vladimir Putin had “personally ordered another attack by one of his proxies,” referring to the Wagner group.

“All previous attempts ended in the failure and elimination” of Wagner mercenaries at the hands of Ukrainian troops, the report added.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Presidential Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak were among the other alleged assassination targets.

The Kremlin has long denied ties to the Wagner group, a 600-strong group of mercenaries deployed worldwide to carry out Moscow’s dirty work.

The force is reported to be Putin’s personal assassination squad, but they are far enough away from the Kremlin to afford the Russian president a plausible denial.

It is the latest in more than a dozen attempts by both the Wagner group and Chechen special forces to kill the Ukrainian president since Russian forces launched a ferocious invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group have traveled to Ukraine on a mission to assassinate Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky, intelligence reports say

Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group have traveled to Ukraine on a mission to assassinate Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky, intelligence reports say

Defense ministry intelligence agencies said Russian President Vladimir Putin had “personally ordered another attack by one of his proxies,” citing the Wagner group.

The Wagner group (file photo) and Chechen special forces have reportedly attempted to assassinate the Ukrainian president since Russian forces launched a ferocious invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The Wagner group (file photo) and Chechen special forces have reportedly attempted to assassinate the Ukrainian president since Russian forces launched a ferocious invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

It is the latest in more than a dozen attempts by both the Wagner group (pictured) and Chechen special forces to kill the Ukrainian president since Russian forces launched a ferocious invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Zelensk had survived three attempts on his life in early March by mercenaries from the Kremlin-backed Wagner group and Chechen special forces.

The killers were foiled by subversive anti-war members within the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) – the Russian successor to the KGB – who alerted Ukrainian officials.

Ukraine’s Minister of National Security and Defense confirmed the three assassination attempts and told the local press that he had received information from the double agents “who do not want to participate in this bloody war.”

Intelligence reports claim that groups of the highly trained Wagner fighters waited in the wings for a green light from the Kremlin to enter Ukraine.

Agents were reportedly given a ‘kill list’ of 24 people, including Ukraine’s prime minister, the entire cabinet, Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir – both boxing champions who have become iconic figures on the capital’s front lines.

The attack was sabotaged after plans reached the higher echelons of the Ukrainian government on March 5, forcing Kiev to declare a 36-hour “harsh” curfew and order everyone inside so soldiers could sweep the streets for Russian saboteurs.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal

Ukrainian Presidential Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak

Ukrainian Presidential Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal (left) and Presidential Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak (right) were listed as among the other alleged assassination targets

Agents were reportedly given a 'kill list' of 24 people, including Ukraine's prime minister, the entire cabinet, Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir - both boxing champions who have become iconic figures on the capital's front lines (pictured together in Kyiv)

Agents were reportedly given a 'kill list' of 24 people, including Ukraine's prime minister, the entire cabinet, Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir - both boxing champions who have become iconic figures on the capital's front lines (pictured together in Kyiv)

Agents were reportedly given a ‘kill list’ of 24 people, including Ukraine’s prime minister, the entire cabinet, Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir – both boxing champions who have become iconic figures on the capital’s front lines (pictured together in Kyiv)

Reports later said that between 2,000 and 4,000 mercenaries had actually arrived in Ukraine in January, but on different missions.

The group is said to track Mr Zelesnky and his colleagues via their cell phones and claim to know where they are at all times.

A Chechen assassination squad also attempted to kill Zelensky on March 1 after the Minister of National Security and Defense said they encountered two death squads. The FSS also reported their move.

Part of the Russian National Guard, the Chechens are known for their brutal tactics.

Russia continued to bomb other Ukrainian cities on Monday, hitting a shopping center and several apartments in the capital Kiev in the early hours, the first being reduced to rubble.

Bombings in the encircled city of Sumy also hit an ammonia plant, prompting an evacuation as Ukrainians in Mariupol refused Russia’s offer to lay down their weapons in exchange for amnesty.

At least 902 civilians were killed and 1,459 injured in Ukraine on March 19, the UN human rights agency said.

A huge explosion shook a shopping center in Kiev as rescuers pulled bloodied victims from the rubble.

A huge explosion shook a shopping center in Kiev as rescuers pulled bloodied victims from the rubble.

A huge explosion shook a shopping center in Kiev as rescuers pulled bloodied victims from the rubble.

The blast shattered the sprawling 'Retroville' shopping center and was so powerful it pulverized vehicles in the parking lot - leaving a huge crater - as well as dispersed bodies in the carnage

The blast shattered the sprawling 'Retroville' shopping center and was so powerful it pulverized vehicles in the parking lot - leaving a huge crater - as well as dispersed bodies in the carnage

The blast shattered the sprawling ‘Retroville’ shopping center and was so powerful it pulverized vehicles in the parking lot – leaving a huge crater – as well as dispersed bodies in the carnage

Firefighters extinguished fire at the wreckage of a damaged shopping center in Kiev's Podilskyi district after Russian airstrikes last night on Sunday

Firefighters extinguished fire at the wreckage of a damaged shopping center in Kiev's Podilskyi district after Russian airstrikes last night on Sunday

Firefighters extinguished fire at the wreckage of a damaged shopping center in Kiev’s Podilskyi district after Russian airstrikes last night on Sunday

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