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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned that a coup d’etat against him was on it’s way according to Ukrainian intelligence. According to the president, oligarch Rinat Akhmetov and Russia was behind the schemes. Both parties have denied.

Today, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hosted a press conference with 30 hand picked media outlets. Unsurprisingly, the president was talking about the security situation in Eastern Ukraine, but what really ended up as the main talking point was allegations of a planned coup d’etat.

According to the president, on December 1, a coup would be attempted against him. Behind it was the usual suspects, Russia, while the Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, who owns DTEK and is one of the most influential people in Ukraine, was also being dragged into it somehow.

Zelenskiy also claimed to have evidence, specifically tapes, however he refused to share them with the press, so as of now, it is word against word. Rinat Akhmetov denies all involvement saying:

The information made public by Volodymyr Zelenskyy about attempts to draw me into some kind of coup is an absolute lie. I am outraged by the spread of this lie, no matter what the President’s motives are…”

While Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov rejected the allegations in Moscow on Friday.

“Russia had no plans to get involved,” Peskov said. “Russia never does such things at all.”