Chief of the Ukrainian State Security Administration Valeriy Heletey stated in an interview with Ukrainske Radio that in 2018, eleven assassination attempts on President Petro Poroshenko were thwarted. He did not specify any details.
Heletey also called for providing State protection for the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epifaniy. He noted that the legislation does not provide for state security for religious leaders yet.
“Today we have included this position to the law on the State Guard Service. With his consent, he [Metropolitan Epifaniy] has is eligible to state protection,” Heletey said and added that the President could also sign the relevant decree.
In March 2018, the Security Service of Ukraine or SBU detained Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Nadiya Savchenko. Later she was arrested. SBU stated that Savchenko is suspected of plotting to assassinate the country's senior leaders, including Poroshenko, and was preparing a terrorist attack on Parliament.