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Zelensky dismisses the head of his bodyguard after a failed assassination attempt

Zelensky dismisses the head of his bodyguard after a failed assassination attempt

On Thursday, Zelensky published a decree “removing Serhiy Leonidovich Rud from the position of head of the State Security Service of Ukraine.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his chief bodyguard after a failed assassination attempt. On Thursday, Zelensky published a decree “removing Serhiy Leonidovich Rud from the position of head of the State Security Service of Ukraine.” The decree did not mention any reasons for changing employees in this highly sensitive position.

Ukraine's domestic intelligence service (SBU) said on Tuesday that it had dismantled a “network of agents” controlled by Russia's FSB intelligence service who were “preparing to assassinate the Ukrainian president.” The group's plans were to recruit soldiers from Zelensky's security service in order to “take him hostage and kill him.” Two officers from Zelensky's bodyguard were arrested on charges of transmitting classified information to Russia.

Managed since 2019

Rudd, 47, has been heading the department responsible for the personal security of the Ukrainian president and other senior members of the government and their families since 2019.

Russia has had Zelensky in its sights since the attack in Ukraine began. According to Kiev, several assassination attempts have already been made against the president and other Ukrainian government officials.

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