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Ukraine Warns More Russian Wagner Group Mercenaries Sent to ‘Eliminate’ Zelenskyy

Putin ordered his Wagner Group proxies to eliminate Zelenskyy, his right hand man, Andriy Ermak, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is pictured during his regular address to the nation, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. Ukrainian officials said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his proxy Wagner Group to assassinate Zelenskyy. (UKRINFORM/ Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images | getty)
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is pictured during his regular address to the nation, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. Ukrainian officials said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his proxy Wagner Group to assassinate Zelenskyy. (UKRINFORM/ Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images | getty)

The Ukrainian defense ministry warned Sunday that another group of Russian Wagner Group mercenaries arrived in Ukraine on a mission to assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and take out other high-ranking Ukrainian politicians on the fourth week since the invasion’s onset.  

“Another group of militants linked to Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a Russian propagandist close to Putin and owner of the Liga (Wagner), began arriving in Ukraine today,” the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said in a Facebook post. 

“The main task of criminals is to eliminate the top military and political leadership of Ukraine.” 

Besides Zelenskyy, other “key targets” for the Russian mercenaries were Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Andriy Ermak, a Ukrainian film producer and lawyers serving as Zelenskyy’s chief adviser, according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. 

“Putin personally ordered another attack by one of the few proxies,” the post said. “All previous attempts have ended in the failure and elimination of terrorists.” 

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