22 Sep 2021 12:30

Car of Ukrainian president's aide comes under fire, driver wounded

KYIV. Sept 22 (Interfax) - The car of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's first aide Serhiy Shefir came under fire near the village of Lisnyky in the Kyiv region, wounding the car driver, the press service for Ukraine's National Police said.

"The car of the president's first aide Serhiy Shefir came under fire at around 10:00 a.m. today in the proximity of the village of Lisnyky," according to a report published on the National Police website.

More than ten bullets hit the car, wounding the driver, it said. Investigators are working at the scene.

The police are searching for the attackers.

The deputy chair of the Ukrainian parliament's committee on national security, defense and intelligence, Mariana Bezuhla, a member of the Servant of the People faction, has confirmed that an assassination attempt was staged on Zelensky's first aide Shefir.

"Shots were fired. Three bullets hit the driver," Bezuhla told Interfax on Wednesday.

A source in law enforcement agencies, in turn, told Interfax that 12 bullets were fired at the car.

The Ukrainian interior minister's advisor Anton Herashchenko, for his part, said on Facebook that shots were fired at the moving car from a forest. An automatic weapon was used in the attack, he said.