Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has revealed that he has survived at least five or six assassination attempts by Russian forces since the invasion began.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Zelensky compared these attempts on his life to dealing with a bout of Covid, becoming more manageable over time.
The Ukrainian leader met with The Sun's Jerome Starkey at his heavily fortified headquarters in Kyiv.
Zelensky described the first assassination attempt as alarming, like the initial outbreak of Covid, but said subsequent attempts became less daunting.
He explained that the first plot caused panic, but later ones were not as bad, akin to how people adapted to living with Covid.
During the interview, Zelensky remained resolute about Ukraine's strong will to defeat Vladimir Putin's Russia. Despite the fatigue from constant air raids and destruction, he emphasized that his people were not ready to give up or compromise with Russia.
Regarding the attempts to remove him from power, Zelensky disclosed that Russia still "wants very much" to overthrow him. He is aware of the codename of their latest operation, "Maidan 3," aimed at changing the Ukrainian presidency.
Zelensky stated that Russia could use any means to achieve this goal, including non-lethal methods.
Zelensky also touched upon the ongoing war situation. He acknowledged that Ukraine's counter-offensive had not progressed as much as hoped, but denied claims that the war had reached a stalemate.
He stressed the need for more success on the battlefield and the importance of air power, which Russia currently dominates.
In the wide-ranging interview, Zelensky also discussed Ukraine's intelligence operations, the impact of the war on his people, and the global perception of the conflict.
He reiterated his commitment to continuing the fight against Russian aggression and his determination to achieve a just peace for Ukraine.
Watch the video of Zelensky revealing he has survived multiple assassination attemps here: