Russian assassin cuffed and spread-eagled face first by Ukraine secret service

A suspected Russian assassin has been captured by the Ukrainian security service after they foiled an attempt to kill officials.

The alleged plot by Mad Vlad’s regime to kill top Ukrainians was thwarted in the north-west city of Kovel.

The targets are claimed to have been Kyiv’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov and Chief of Defence Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov.

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Images released by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) show the alleged hitmen being stopped before they could carry out the contract killings.

The would-be assassins were promised a £125,000 fee for each hit, said the SBU.

The intervention comes hot on the heels of a unit of Russian special forces suffering huge losses after trying and failing to destroy HIMARS in Ukraine.

A total of 50 Russian soldiers from the 45th Spetsnaz (special forces) brigade set out on a mission to identify the whereabouts of HIMARS and blow them up.

However, they were intercepted by Ukrainian troops and suffered at least 10 dead in the fierce fire fight that broke out.

The US supplied artillery systems have helped Kyiv turn the tide in its war with Russia.

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The new weapons have enabled Ukraine's army to stem the Russian advance in the east and pave the way for a possible counter-offensive in Ukraine's south.

Their long-range precision missiles have allowed Ukrainian commanders to destroy Russian ammunition dumps and command posts located behind the front lines, as well as disrupting logistical supply networks.

Such has been their effect, Russia's Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu tasked his commanders with "prioritising the defeat of the enemy's long-range missile and artillery assets".

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