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Polish citizen charged with aiding Russian plot to assassinate Zelenskyy

Ukrainian and Polish law enforcement cooperated to detain the Pole, who volunteered to work for the Russian military intelligence
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Credit: CNN, screenshot from video.
Polish citizen charged with aiding Russian plot to assassinate Zelenskyy

Ukrainian law enforcement, in cooperation with Polish authorities, have detained a Polish citizen suspected of willingness to act in the interests of Russian special services by proposing an assassination attempt on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

According to the Office of the Prosecutor General and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the suspect allegedly initiated contact with representatives of the Russian Armed Forces command and expressed readiness to work for Russian military intelligence.

He was tasked with collecting and transmitting information about the security of the Rzeszów-Jasionka airport in Poland. The aim was to aid Russian special services in planning a possible assassination attempt on Zelenskyy during his visit to Poland.

Ukrainian prosecutors and SBU officers informed their Polish colleagues about the potential criminal offense and provided key evidence as part of international legal assistance. He was identified and detained on the territory of Poland, according to the Ukrainian agencies.

The Polish Prosecutor’s Office has charged the detainee with willingness to act in the interests of a foreign intelligence service. On 18 April 2024, the District Court of Warsaw ordered his temporary arrest as a preventive measure.

The investigation is being conducted by the Internal Security Agency under the supervision of the National Prosecutor’s Office of Poland, with investigative actions ongoing.

Headline options:
1.
2. Ukraine and Poland cooperate to thwart Russian assassination attempt on Zelensky
3. Russian military intelligence recruits Polish citizen for Zelensky assassination plot
4. SBU and Polish authorities detain Russian agent targeting Zelensky
5. Zelensky assassination plot foiled through Ukrainian-Polish cooperation

Lede options:
1. A Polish citizen has been arrested for allegedly agreeing to assist Russian intelligence in planning an assassination attempt on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
2. Ukrainian and Polish law enforcement have collaborated to detain a Polish national suspected of working with Russian special services to target President Zelensky.
3. The SBU and Polish authorities have thwarted a Russian plot to assassinate President Zelensky, involving a recruited Polish citizen.
4. A joint Ukrainian-Polish investigation has led to the arrest of a Polish citizen charged with willingness to act on behalf of Russian military intelligence.
5. The security of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was the focus of a foiled Russian assassination plot involving a Polish citizen, according to Ukrainian and Polish officials.

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