Putin survived assassination attempt, Ukrainian official says

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(NewsNation) — A top Ukrainian official claimed this week that Russian President Vladimir Putin survived an assassination attempt two months ago.

The head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, told a Ukrainian news outlet that the attempt against Putin’s life was at the start of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.

“There was an attempt to assassinate Putin. He was even attacked, it is said, by representatives of the Caucasus, not so long ago. This is non-public information,” Budanov told Ukrainian newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda. “[It was an] Absolutely unsuccessful attempt, but it really happened … It was about 2 months ago.”

“I repeat, this attempt was unsuccessful,” Budanov added in remarks translated to English. “There was no publicity about this event, but it took place.”

The claims have not been confirmed by NATO or American intelligence. Budanov has made similar comments about other plots against Putin in the past. He has not provided any evidence for the claims.

Now, if true, this would not be the first time that Putin has faced this kind of attempt. We know that there have been at least two high-profile attempts on the Kremlin leader’s life, one back in 2008, another back in 2012. There could have been others as well. Senate Intelligence officials sources have described Putin in recent months as being increasingly isolated, that he surrounds himself with a very small group of just advisors and security personnel.

Ukrainian officials claimed in March that there had been at least 12 assassination attempts against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy,

The news of the attempted assassination attempt comes as the conflict between the two countries marked its third month Tuesday. Moscow appears to be bogged down in what increasingly looks like a war of attrition, with no end in sight and few successes on the battlefield.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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