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.

Zelensky has been able to avoid these attacks thanks to the cooperation of anti-war intelligence officers in Russia's Federal Security Services (FSB) who tipped off the Ukrainian forces, according to reports.

The head of Ukraine's National Security Council, Oleksiy Danilov, told local media that Zelensky had survived three assassination attempts, according to a Mail Online article.

Earlier this week, Danilov confirmed that attempts on the President's life had been thwarted and identified the groups responsible on social media platform Telegram. He said two groups of assassins from Chechnya had been involved in the plot.

"We are well aware of the special operation that was to take place directly by the Kadyrovites to eliminate our president," Danilov said.

This was in reference to the fighters from the Caucasus Russian republic whose leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, pledges unwavering loyalty to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kadyrov is the authoritarian ruler of Chechnya and has been accused by human rights groups, such as Human Rights Watch, of using torture, disappearances, and extrajudicial killings to maintain power.

Danilov added: "And I can say that we have received information from the FSB, who today do not want to take part in this bloody war," according to an i report

"Thanks to this, I can say that Kadyrov's elite group was destroyed directly, which came here to eliminate our president."

Despite the attempts on his life, 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.

Zelensky has repeatedly called for international support and for countries around the world to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

At an emergency session of the General Assembly on Wednesday, 141 of the 193 member states of the United Nations backed a resolution condemning Russia's invasion. Zelensky took to Twitter to praise the countries that called for an end to the violence.

"I praise the approval by the [United Nations General Assembly] with an unprecedented majority of votes of the resolution with a strong demand to Russia to immediately stop the treacherous attack on [Ukraine]," he said in his tweet.

"I'm grateful to everyone and every state that voted in favor. You have chosen the right side of history."

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a press conference in Kyiv on March 3, 2022. - Zelensky has allegedly survived three assassination attempts in one week. Sergei Supinsky/Getty Images