Ukraine has admitted that its special units are trying to kill Russian President Vladimir putin as top priority.
Wagner’s mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin is also blacklisted along with top Russian military commanders, including General Sergei ‘Armageddon’ Surovikin, the second most powerful commander in Ukrainian military intelligence service, Vadym Skibitsky said.
But Skibitsky said Die Welt that it is difficult to assassinate Putin because the Russian despot ‘stays in hiding’, although now he is ‘starting to show his head’.
But when he appears publicly, the Ukrainian spy agency “isn’t sure if it’s really him,” Skibitsky said, referring to Putin’s alleged use of body doubles even at high-profile events.
Skibitsky said Putin “senses that we are getting closer and closer to him,” a claim that gained support from a new US intelligence analysis that reported that Ukraine was likely behind a daring drone strike against the Kremlin earlier this month.
Ukraine has admitted that its special units are trying to kill Russian Vladimir Putin as a top priority.
Wagner’s mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin (left) is also blacklisted by kyiv along with senior Russian military commanders, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (right).
The Ukrainian commander said Putin was also “afraid of being killed by his own people.”
Skibitsky said Putin tops the assassination target list “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 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu planned the attack and now they cannot go back,” Skibitsky said.
Commanders of units ordering bloody attacks 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 optimistic today about the threat to kill him.
“I always say that the enemy must be treated with respect,” Prigozhin said. Of course, I also respect his decision.
‘Of course, Prigozhin, as one of the important players in this war, must be eliminated.
“This is 100 percent true, so they are taking the absolutely correct steps.”
Skibitsky claimed that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was also on the wanted list even though he “had realized that, strategically, the Putin regime had already lost.”
General Sergei ‘Armageddon’ Surovikin was also named on the assassination list.
Skibitsky claimed that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (pictured) was also on the wanted list despite the fact that he “had realized that strategically the Putin regime had already lost.”
General Valery Gerasimov and General Sergei Surovikin, commander of Russian forces in Ukraine, are on the assassination list.
“We are at war and these are our enemies,” Skibitsky said. “If a major figure produces and finances weapons for them, then removing him would save the lives of many civilians.
And then they destroy it. According to international conventions, then it is a legitimate target.’
Russia has already accused Ukraine of trying to assassinate Putin with an attack on the Kremlin on May 3.
One of the two drones hit the Senate building, where the dictator’s official apartment is located, which he rarely uses.
Initially there were claims that the attack was a trick by Moscow’s secret services.
A report in The New York Times said US officials are now less inclined to view this attack as a Russian set-up.
US spy agencies suggest it was a covert operation orchestrated by Ukrainian military intelligence, but it was not clear if President Volodymyr Zelensky or his officials were aware of it.
There is a “low” level of confidence that it was authorized directly 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 US intercepted communications in which Russian officials were heard discussing the incident and the findings of Moscow’s preliminary investigation into what happened.”
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 the sanctions are affecting the accuracy of Russian missiles.
He explained: ‘Due to sanctions, many missile parts are missing, for example for the X-101, and this impairs their accuracy.
They say that 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 right in the harbor, and their submarines are hiding there, too.”
He denied wanting to blow up 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 the Crimea, it is completely full.”