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Kremlin Orders 400 Russian Mercenaries to Kill Ukraine’s President: Report



The Times of London reports that Russian mercenaries are trying to kill Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
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The Times of London reports that the Kremlin ordered hundreds of Russian mercenaries in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

According to The Times, a private militia run by one of President Putin’s closest allies, “flew in mercenaries from Africa five weeks ago on a mission to decapitate Zelensky’s government in return for a handsome financial bonus.”

The Ukrainian government learned about their mercenaries’ mission on Saturday morning and later declared a 36-hour curfew to sweep Kyiv for Russian saboteurs.

Mercenaries Entered Through Belarus

The mercenaries, of which about 400 are believed to be in Kyiv, are contracted by the Wagner Group, which is owned by Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin. The mercenaries entered Ukraine through Belarus in January, The Times reported.

Zelenskyy’s name tops the Wagner Group kill list of 23 senior Ukrainian figures that includes Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, the former world heavyweight boxing champion.

Read more at The Times of London.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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