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In Ukraine, the first adviser to the president escaped an assassination attempt

Sergei Zephyr, the first adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, escaped an assassination attempt on Wednesday, September 22. According to officials, an attack has been linked to a struggle against the interests of powerful oligarchy.

Wednesday at 10 a.m. (9 a.m. local time in Paris), in the Kiev region of the Ukrainian capital, near the village of Lesniki. Unidentified persons opened fire on Sefer’s car. In total, “Eighteen guns fired at car with automatic weapon”, Quoted by Interfax-Ukraine, said Oleksik Komenko, head of the Kiev regional lawsuit. While Zephyr was escaping the attack, his driver was injured and hospitalized, but his life was not in danger.

Appearing at a press conference at the Home Ministry, Mr. Zephyr, condemned an attempt“Intimidation” President. “Volodymyr Zhelensky has a strong will, he was not intimidated. He chose the right path and he will follow it.”, He added. In response to the attack on New York he was going to, Mr. Zhelensky promised “Strong response” And continue his struggle “Against Crime and Against Influential Financial Groups”One way to mark his promise to fight the influence of oligarchy.

“Three Key Hypotheses” Police Chief Igor Klymenko said the matter was being investigated “Official Activities” Mr. Sephir, an attempt “Put pressure on leaders” Ukrainian and that “Attempt to disrupt” From Ukraine. In the latter case, a “Participation in Overseas Special Services” According to him, the attack is possible – no doubt a reference to Ukraine’s geopolitical foe, Russia.

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“Shadow oligarchs”

Mikhail Bodoliak, Presidential Adviser, told Interfox-Ukraine “Clearly related” Attempted assassination “Aggression and Beligos Campaign Against the President’s Policy”. Mr. He noted the efforts of Zhelensky “Reduce the influence of shadow oligarchy” And purposeful ones “Destruction of Political-Financial Groups Working for Our Foreign Enemies”.

This year Mr Zhelensky announced a campaign to fight against some oligarchy, the very rich and dishonest businessmen who have been accused of exploiting the economy of the former Soviet republic and buying the votes of the media and the political class.

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Before taking office as president of one of the poorest countries in Europe in 2019, Mr. Zhelensky was a famous actor who played the president of Ukraine in a TV series, and Mr. Sefer was his closest partner in his production company. He was elected to ensure change and ruthless struggle against corruption affecting Ukraine. So far, its results have been minimal.

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Several assassination attempts, though successful, have been in serious crisis with Moscow in recent years, targeting politicians and journalists in Ukraine, which has been at war with pro-Russian separatists since 2014. Access to guns is facilitated by this conflict in the East. The major attacks include the murders of former Russian aide Denis Voronenko, who was shot dead in the street in broad daylight in 2017, and the murder of key intelligence journalist Pavel Cermet in a car explosion in Kiev the previous year.

World with AFP