Ukraine: Chechen Accused Of Plotting To Assassinate Russian President Is Wounded

Elias Hubbard
October 31, 2017

Osmayev, a Chechan volunteer soldier, had always been sought by Moscow in connection with a botched bomb plot to assassinate President Vladimir Putin in 2012.

Ukrainian interior ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko said Mrs Okuyeva, 34, died in the shooting and Mr Osmayev was injured "but will live".

Amina Okuyeva and her husband Adam Osmayev were in a vehicle when an assailant opened fire from bushes on a railway crossing near the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

The attack follows a vehicle bombing in Kiev last Thursday, in which two people were killed and three wounded, including Ihor Mosiychuk, a member of the populist opposition Radical Party. I just spoke to him on the telephone, ' Gerashchenko said. He avoided extradition to Russian Federation, however, and was released after the 2014 coup in Ukraine, together with Okueva.

In June, Osmayev survived another apparent attempt on his life, although in that instance Okuyeva shot back at the gunman.

Russia has dismissed the accusations as a product of anti-Russian sentiment in Ukraine.

Putin at the time said he was informed about the alleged plot but wasn't intimidated.

He had fought for Kiev as a battalion commander in the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Mr Osmayev and Ms Okuyeva are well-known figures in Ukraine, having served as volunteers for the Ukrainian military in the fight against pro-Russian rebels. Both Osmaev and his wife are known to have fought on the side of Kiev's forces against the Donbass militia.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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