Woman arrested over Zelensky ‘assassination plot’

Ukraine’s security service says a woman has been arrested over a Russian plot to kill President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The service said she had tried to find out the itinerary ahead of his visit to flood-hit Mykolaiv in June.

Ukraine regularly accuses local residents who support Russia of passing information to help Moscow’s military.

Mr Zelensky confirmed he had been informed about the arrest saying the head of the SBU had updated him about the “fight against traitors”.

Russia has not commented on the arrest.

Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, said in a statement that the woman was arrested “red-handed” when she was trying to pass intelligence to the Russians.

They alleged that ahead of the visit, she tried to gather intelligence to try to find out Mr Zelensky’s plans in the southern Mykolaiv region.

They also published an image of the suspect with masked SBU officers in a kitchen, blurring the faces of both the woman and the officers.

Mr Zelensky visited Mykolaiv in June to see the damage caused by the Kakhovka dam breach and then again in July after heavy Russian shelling.

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