Ukrainian president’s top aide survives assassination attempt, says government “not intimidated”

From Global News.

Ukrainian police are trying to work out who ordered unidentified individuals to try to murder a top aide of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, after his car was sprayed with automatic gunfire on Wednesday morning.

Serhiy Shefir, top aide and a close personal friend of Zelenskiy’s, escaped unscathed, but his driver was badly wounded and hospitalized.

The Black Audi carrying Shefir was pockmarked with at least 10 bullet holes. Irina Venediktova, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, said the car had been ambushed as it drove between two villages outside Kyiv, the capital.

Zelenskiy, who was in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, said he did not know who was responsible for the attack, but pledged "a strong response."

He said he would fly straight home after delivering his speech in New York.

Some of Zelenskiy’s advisers suggested the attack may have been orchestrated by a disgruntled oligarch or oligarchs fed up with a presidential drive to dilute their influence. Other advisers raised the possibility that Russia may have been behind the shooting, something the Kremlin denied.

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