Ukrainian Presidential Aide Narrowly Escapes Assassination

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A Ukrainian presidential aide is shaken up and his driver is wounded after a torrent of automatic gunfire hit their car Wednesday in what officials consider to be an assassination attempt.

Serhiy Shefir, a senior advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was reportedly targeted in an assassination attempt. Shefir escaped the attack unscathed, but his driver was wounded and was hospitalized after a volley of bullets hit the car near the village of Lisnyky, NBC News reported.

A local television station reported that the car had appeared to have been struck at least 19 times, according to the outlet.

“It is obvious that this open, deliberate and extremely brutal attack with the use of automatic weapons cannot be qualified other than an attempt to demonstratively kill a key member of the team,” Mykhailo Podolyak, a top Ukrainian presidential advisor said, according to CNN.

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