Former head of the Ukrainian President's Office, Andriy Bohdan, had his Tesla set on fire at a parking lot overnight Tuesday, Kyiv police reported.
Another two cars parked nearby were also damaged, the Kyiv PD report said, adding that a criminal investigation had been launched into the arson attack.
Commenting on the incident via Facebook, Bohdan said he considered the attack a "threat" on the part of Ukrainian government.
At the same time, he added he did not take the arson attack too personally since "this is just one element in a number of criminal cases targeting me and my friends, as well as tarring campaigns in media"
CCTV footage showed a hooded man placing a flammable object under Bogdan's car and igniting it before fleeing from scene, according to a video Bohdan uploaded on Facebook.
Bohdan believes that whoever ordered the attack "has a certain criminal background and accomplices sitting in high government offices":
However, he added, "my dear friends, crisis scenarios are my job. I'll translate for you: it was you who just poured kerosene into the bonfire".
He added that he would ensure the attackers are punished.
Andriy Bohdan – background
- Having taken up top post in the President's Office on May 21, 2019, Bohdan said it was possible to put up for a referendum an issue of concluding peace agreements with Russia.
- On July 24, 2019, Bohdan turned to the government with an appeal to dismiss Vitaliy Klitschko, Head of the Kyiv City State Administration. The spat between the two had long been feeding TV talk shows, while the story never reached any logical conclusion.
- In the summer, journalists with the Bihus.Info investigative project said Bohdan was part of an offshore scheme involving a $200 million loan scam.
- On February 11, 2020, Zelensky dismissed Andriy Bohdan from the post of Chief of the President's Office.