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Ukrainian saboteurs accused of attempting to assassinate pro-Kremlin businessman Malofeyev

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. (The Presidential Office of Ukraine)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on March 6 that it prevented the assassination of businessman Konstantin Malofeyev, an active supporter of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to the FSB, the media tycoon’s assassination was a main goal of a group of Ukrainian saboteurs, the Russian Volunteers Corps, under the command of Denis Nikitin (aka Kapustin). No details were given. Russia said last week that the Russian Volunteers Corps crossed into the western region of Bryansk and fired on civilians. Kyiv has denied any involvement and suggested that Moscow might be seeking a “false-flag” pretext to stage new attacks on Ukraine.