Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin has attempted to assassinate him at least five times.
On Monday, November 20, he revealed the information to the press.
Mr Zelensky stated that he does not know how many assassination attempts have been prevented by Ukrainian intelligence services, but that Russian forces “will use any instruments they have.”
Describing the assassination attempts, he told The Sun: “The first one is very interesting, when it is the first time, and after that it is just like Covid.
“First of all people don’t know what to do with it and it’s looking very scary.
“And then after that, it is just intelligence just sharing with you detail that one more group came to Ukraine to [attempt] this.”
Asked how many attempts there have been to assassinate him, he said: “I don’t know, really I don’t know. I think not less [than] five, six…not less.
“They will use any, any instruments they have.”
On Monday, Mr Zelensky met with officials of Fox News and The Sun, including Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch, in Kyiv.
Following the discussion, Mr Zelensky accused the Kremlin of assisting Hamas in carrying out attacks in Israel in October, and warned that the Ukraine-Russia confrontation may escalate into a third global war.
He also said Ukraine needs more Western aid and weapons.
According to his website, Mr Zelensky thanked reporters across the globe for garnering support.
“All this time, journalists, cameramen, editors, photographers, drivers have been on the frontline,” he said. “As this is a hybrid war, information is also a weapon in Russian hands.
“My sincere condolences to the families and friends of those very brave men and women who lost their lives trying to show what is happening in Ukraine.
“In particular, it is thanks to journalists from many countries that we now have such support in the world.”
He also emphasised the importance of keeping the world’s attention on the conflict at a time when it is “blurred by other events”.
“For some reason, people treat it like a movie and expect that there will be no long pauses in the events, that the picture before their eyes will always change, that there will be some surprises every day,” he said.
“But for us, for our warriors, this is not a movie. These are our lives. This is daily hard work. And it will not be over as quickly as we would like, but we have no right to give up and we will not.”