Ukraine says oligarchs angry over restrictions on power behind assassination attempt on president’s aide

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Gunmen attempted to assassinate a senior Ukrainian president’s official in what was seen as a revenge attack for a sweeping crackdown on the oligarchs.

Sergiy Shefir, a 57-year-old former screenwriter and longtime partner of comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy, reportedly escaped without serious injury after his car was attacked by shots fired from an automatic weapon.

An adviser to Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko said on Facebook that the attack took place at around 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday near the village of Lisnyky, south of the capital Kiev.

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He said Mr. Shefir’s driver was “seriously injured” and that the police had launched a special operation in the area.

“Unidentified individuals fired around 10 shots with a 7.62 caliber automatic weapon,” Iryna Venediktova, Ukraine’s Attorney General, told Facebook.

She said authorities have opened an investigation into attempted murder.

Photos released by officials showed a black Audi with bullet holes along its hood and on the driver’s side door.

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Official reports did not say whether Mr. Shefir was injured, but a lawmaker representing Mr. Zelenskiy’s “Servant of the People” party said he was fine.

“I spoke to him briefly, everything is fine, he is alive and well,” said Davyd Arakhamia, quoted by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

He said the police took Mr. Shefir to a “safe” place.

Another collaborator in Mr Zelenskiy’s office said the attack was an attempt “to clearly kill a key member of the team”.

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