No question of being intimidated; the Ukrainian president promises a strong response after the assassination attempt against his first adviser. It is near Kiev that the car of Serguii Chief was riddled with bullets. This close friend of the Head of State was not touched but his driver was injured.
At around 10:00 a.m. (07:00 GMT) on Wednesday, unknown persons opened fire on Mr. Chefir’s car near the village of Lisnyky, in the Kiev region, the Ukrainian capital.
In total, “18 shots were fired at the car with automatic weapons,” said the head of the Kiev regional prosecution, Oleksiï Khomenko, quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine agency.
Attempt to destabilize Ukraine or counter the president’s policy: no leads have been ruled out.
“This does not influence the strength of our team, nor the course chosen with it towards change, towards the dematerialization of our economy, towards the fight against crime, the large influential financial groups. It does not influence it in any way. it is even the opposite “ says President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Ukrainian authorities do not exclude a “participation of foreign special services” in the attack, undoubtedly a reference to Russia, Ukraine’s geopolitical adversary.
” Unfortunately, no matter what happens in Ukraine today, none of the current politicians are able to rule out the Russian trail. This of course has nothing to do with reality. Rather, they are signs of an over-excited emotional state “ says Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Vladimir Putin.
Mr Zelensky this year announced a campaign to fight against certain oligarchs, extremely wealthy and unscrupulous businessmen accused of exploiting the economy of this former Soviet republic and of buying the voices of the media and the political class. .
Before assuming the presidency of this country among the poorest in Europe in 2019, Volodymyr Zelensky was a famous actor and comedian playing the role of President of Ukraine in a television series, and Mr. Chefir was his close associate in his production company.
He was elected promising change and a merciless fight against the corruption that plagues Ukraine. But so far its results have been limited.