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Ukraine’s Zelensky alleges Russia plotting coup against him for next week

“Russia never engages in such things. There have never been such plans,” said a Kremlin spokesman.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asserted Friday that a group of Russians and Ukrainians planned to attempt a coup in Ukraine next month and that the plotters tried to enlist the help of the country’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov.

Zelensky, speaking at a “press marathon” for local and international media, said that audio recordings, obtained by Ukraine’s security services, caught plotters discussing their plans and mentioning Akhmetov’s name.

Akhmetov was not involved in the purported coup plot, however, Zelensky said. But Zelensky offered no other details, leaving many questions about his motives to make the allegations public and what possible actions authorities have taken.

Akhmetov, a mining and steel tycoon, also owns media holdings, which in recent weeks have increased their criticism of Zelensky and his administration.

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