The assassination attempt on the first assistant to the President of Ukraine Serhiy Shefir is a challenge to the head of state Volodymyr Zelensky, and this challenge has been accepted. This was announced on Wednesday, September 22, by the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Andriy Yermak.
“The assassination attempt on Sergei Shefir is a challenge to our president, and therefore to all of us. We accept this challenge and will solve any problems only together. Whoever you are, you will be responsible. Your methods don’t work with us, ”Ermak wrote on his Facebook page.
He also said that the police and other services should take all measures to apprehend the attacker. The offender and his accomplices and customers should not escape punishment, Yermak stressed.
Earlier on Wednesday, unknown persons fired at Shefir’s car near Kiev. He himself was not injured, but the driver was injured. The President of Ukraine has promised a “strong response” to the assassination attempt on his first aide. According to Zelensky, what happened does not affect the strength of his team, and the course towards the fight against criminals and financial groups will continue.
According to the head of the National Police of Ukraine Igor Klimenko, three main versions of the assassination attempt are currently being considered. So, it could have been committed because of Shefir’s state activities, in order to put pressure on the country’s top leadership, as well as to destabilize the political situation in Ukraine.
As the first assistant to the president himself said, the attempt on his life was made with the aim of intimidating the highest echelon of power. He also said that the wounded driver behaved heroically and, in spite of everything, continued to move.