Ukraine blames US citizen for ‘assassination attempt’ against government minister

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An American has been detained by authorities in Ukraine after allegedly trying to hire a hitman as part of a now-thwarted plan to murder a prominent government minister, Kiev has revealed.

Speaking at a briefing on Thursday, Interior Minister Denis Monastirsky said that the assassination bid on Roman Leshchenko, the Minister for Food and Agrarian Policy, was connected to activities from before he became a government official. The suspects who allegedly ordered his murder are said to have been acting on old debts, according to Monastirsky.

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