Ukraine admits it is looking to KILL Putin

Ukraine admits it is looking to KILL Putin, Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, General ‘Armageddon’ Surovikin and other senior Russian figures – but is hampered by Vladimir’s ‘body doubles’

  • Ukraine admitted its special units are trying to kill Vladimir Putin as top priority
  • Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on kill list

Ukraine has admitted its special units are trying to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin as a top priority. 

Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is also on the hit list alongside senior Russian military commanders including General Sergei ‘Armageddon’ Surovikin, the second most powerful commander in Ukraine’s military intelligence service, Vadym Skibitsky, said.

But Skibitsky told Die Welt that it’s difficult to assassinate Putin because the Russian despot ‘stays holed up’ – although he ‘is now beginning to stick his head out’.

But when he does appear publicly the Ukrainian spy agency is ‘not sure whether it’s really him’, Skibitsky said in a reference to Putin’s alleged use of body doubles even at prominent events.

Skibitsky said Putin ‘notices that we’re getting ever closer to him’ – a claim which gained support from a reported new US intelligence analysis that Ukraine was probably behind an audacious drone attack on the Kremlin earlier this month.

Ukraine has admitted its special units are trying to kill Russian Vladimir Putin as a top priority

Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin (left) is also on the Kyiv hit list alongside senior Russian military commanders including Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (right)

The Ukrainian commander said Putin was also ‘afraid of being killed by his own people.’

Skibitsky said Putin is top of the list for assassination targets ‘because he coordinates and decides what happens’.

But he said there is a long list of assassination targets including Shougi, as ‘everyone will have to answer for their actions’ in the Ukraine war.

‘Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu planned the attack and now they cannot turn back,’ Skibitsky said.

Unit commanders who order blood-spilling strikes on Ukraine were also on this list.

Skibitsky said: ‘Many people in Russia still support this ‘special operation’ [war against Ukraine], but thanks to social media and phone checks, we know that so many Russians have died now that it scares people.’

The ‘business elite’ were also a threat to Putin because ‘they are losing billions of dollars’, Skibitsky added.

Prigozhin was today sanguine on the threat to kill him.

‘I always say that the enemy must be treated with respect,’ Prigozhin said. ‘Of course, I respect their decision as well.

‘Of course, Prigozhin, as one of the important actors in this war, must be eliminated.

‘This is 100 per cent true, so they are doing absolutely the right steps.’

Skibitsky claimed that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was also on the wanted list even though he had ‘realised that strategically the Putin regime has already lost’.

General Sergei ‘Armageddon’ Surovikin was also named as being on the kill list. 

Skibitsky claimed that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (pictured) was also on the wanted list even though he had ‘realised that strategically the Putin regime has already lost’

General Valery Gerasimov and General Sergei Surovikin, commander of Russian forces in Ukraine, are on the kill list 

‘We are at war and these are our enemies,’ Skibitsky said. ‘If an important figure produces and finances weapons for them, then its elimination would save the lives of many civilians.

‘And then he gets wiped out. According to international conventions, it is then a legitimate target.’

Russia has already accused Ukraine of seeking to assassinate Putin with a strike on the Kremlin on 3 May.

One of two drones hit the Senate building – where the dictator’s official apartment, which he seldom uses, is located.

Initially there were claims that the attack was a stunt by the Moscow secret services.

A report in The New York Times said that US officials are now less inclined to see this attack as staged by the Russians.

US spy agencies suggest it was a covert operation orchestrated by Ukrainian military intelligence yet it was unclear if President Volodymyr Zelensky or his officials were aware of it.

There is ‘low’ confidence it was directly authorised by the Ukrainian government.

The newspaper reported: ‘Some US officials initially considered the possibility that the Kremlin drone attack might have been carried out by the Russian government in a ‘false flag’ operation’ but ‘after the attack, the United States intercepted communications in which Russian officials were overheard discussing the incident and the findings of Moscow’s preliminary investigation into what took place’.

The apparatchiks ‘seemed surprised by the drone intrusion and blamed Ukraine.

‘US officials said this intelligence helped convince them that the attack was not carried out by the Russians.’

Skibitsky said that sanctions are hurting Russian missile accuracy.

He explained: ‘Due to the sanctions, many missile parts are missing, for example for the X-101, and this hurts their accuracy.

‘They say they have the most powerful and technologically advanced weapons, but that’s just a fairy tale.

‘You only have to look at their fleet in the Black Sea: it’s just in port, and their submarines are hiding there too.’

He denied wanting to explode the Crimean Bridge with new British-supplied long range missiles.

He told Die Welt: ‘We’ll leave that to them as an escape route [from annexed Crimea].

‘Every time there is an explosion in Crimea, it is completely crowded.’

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