Ukraine foils Zelenskyy assassination plot

The Ukrainian security service announced on Tuesday that it had foiled a plot to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It said it has detained two senior Ukrainian officials and accused them of working on behalf of Russia.

Investigators said the men were colonels in the state guard service and that they have been detained on suspicion of treason.

The security service also said that the plot included killing its own leader, Vasyl Maliuk, and the head of military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov.

It said the suspects were supposed to follow the movements of their targets before passing along the information to the Russians. The plan was to follow through with missile and drone attacks.

Maliuk said the assassinations were supposed to be a "gift" to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the start of his new term in office, but the operation turned into a failure. He added, however, that the enemy is strong and experienced, and cannot be underestimated.