Eastern Europe

Attempted murder of Ukrainian President’s principal aide leaves one injured

14:16, 22 September 2021
Attempted murder of Ukrainian President’s principal aide leaves one injured Photo: youtube.com

Almost two dozen bullets have been fired at the aide’s car near the country’s capital Kyiv.

Ukrainian police announced on Wednesday that a car carrying Sergey Shefir, the main aide of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, had been shot near the village of Lesnyky some 16 km (10 miles) away from Kyiv’s downtown.

Police representatives have called it an assassination attempt and launched an investigation.

According to the information gathered, the President’s advisor has not been injured, however, his driver was wounded, he is reported to be in critical condition. Shefir is in shock, he has been taken to an unspecified safe place.

A total of 19 bullets have been spotted on the driver's side of the automobile, local media say.

Zelensky is currently in New York where he participates in the UN General Assembly. The President has not given comments on the situation yet. The President’s administration has announced that Zelensky was aware of the attack and will make a statement soon.

The attempt was carried out shortly before scheduled debates of the country’s lawmakers on a presidential bill aiming at reducing the influence of oligarchs.

Another adviser Mykhailo Podolyak has said that the assassination bid can be a reaction to the government’s initiatives to limit the power of Ukrainian oligarchs.

"Sure, we believe this attack was an aggressive and even militant campaign against the active policy of the head of state."

Davyd Arakhamia, the fraction leader of the Servant of the People party founded by Zelensky, has said that the attempt was easy to organize since Shefir has little security and few bodyguards.

According to Arakhamia, there were three potential masterminds of the attempt. He believes that it could have been organized by criminal leaders and smugglers suffering from the administration’s anti-criminal measures, as well as by the financial powers of Ukraine or even by Russia.

Zelensky’s presidential campaign was built on promises to fight oligarchy and corruption in the country. His entourage has declared that their policy will not change.