Whatever happens in Ukraine, Kiev sees ‘Russian connection’ – Kremlin spokesman – world

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MOSCOW, September 22. / TASS /. Attempts to attribute the attempted assassination of Sergey Shefir, the first collaborator of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, to a “Russian connection” can be traced to “an excessively elated emotional state,” a spokesman for the Russian Federation said on Wednesday. Russian presidency, Dmitry Peskov.

“Unfortunately, whatever may happen in Ukraine these days, none of the current politicians are unable to rule out a ‘Russian connection’,” Peskov said of Kiev’s statements to this effect.

“Of course, this has nothing to do with reality. Rather, it is evidence of an overly elated emotional state,” he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, the vehicle of First Presidential Assistant Sergey Shefir was ambushed near Kiev. Shefir was not injured, while his driver was shot and wounded. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry confirmed the incident and said a search was underway for the gunmen. Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova said on her Facebook page that criminal charges had been brought for “attempted murder of two or more people”.

Zelensky’s office told Ukrainian media resource Vesti that it viewed the attack on Shefir as the attempted murder of a key member of the presidential team. Zelensky said the attack on his aide was a sign of weakness and vowed to return from the United States to Kiev immediately after his speech at the United Nations.

Shefir is considered a longtime friend of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. According to the media, he is responsible for writing the daily agenda of the Head of State. He is the founder and director of the Kvartal-95 show business studio.


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