Russian Recruitment Of Ukrainian Officials Poses Ongoing Threat To Zelensky’s Life

The recent foiling of a Russian plot to assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other senior political and military figures highlights the ongoing threat posed by the recruitment of Ukrainian officials by Russian intelligence services.

The two colonels arrested in connection with the plot had been recruited by the FSB well in advance of Russia’s illegal February 2022 invasion.

The problem of senior Ukrainian officers having trained in Soviet military academies and developed friendships there has been a persistent issue. Additionally the FSB has engaged in the wholesale recruitment of Ukrainians for decades particularly targeting people in the military and security services.

Since the war started the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has arrested over 2,000 Ukrainian citizens on charges of working for the Russians. This underscores the extensive network of Russian agents within Ukraine’s ranks posing a constant threat to the country’s leadership.

The assassination plot against Zelensky and other top officials was allegedly tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration and the upcoming Victory Day celebrations. The foiling of this plot is a testament to the vigilance of Ukraine’s intelligence and security services but the ongoing recruitment of Ukrainian officials by Russia remains a significant concern.