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"Some 1,600 law enforcement officers and statesmen of Ukraine were the targets of the special services of the neighboring country and of the so-called Center for Special Operations of the [self-proclaimed Donbas republics] 'DPR' and 'LPR.' I can confirm this. The leaders of the state were also targeted. They were able to track down the whereabouts and movement of so many people in real time thanks to equipment that could hardly be found at a post exchange in the 'DPR' and 'LPR,'" Matios said at a briefing on Wednesday, apparently hinting that the equipment originated from Russia.

He also said that Deputy Chief of Ukraine's National Police Viacheslav Abroskin was also supposed to be the subject of an assassination attempt prior to the murder of Colonel Maksym Shapoval.

Read alsoAmina Okueva killed, her husband survives assassination attempt outside Kyiv"I want to say more, the subject of an assassination attempt before the blast in which Colonel Shapoval was killed had to be Deputy Chief of Ukraine's National Police Viacheslav Abroskin. He avoided it by providence and thanks to work-related trips outside Ukraine. He was a millimeter away from the explosion. An [enemy] group worked both on him and Shapoval. That's all I can say at the moment," Matios added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, an officer of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate, Col. Maksym Shapoval, was killed in a car blast in Kyiv on June 27. He was commander of the deep reconnaissance division and was engaged in collecting evidence of Russia's involvement in armed aggression against Ukraine.