(Breaking News) Pro-Russian Prime Minister of Slovakia was shot and taken to hospital… “Critical condition” – Chosun Ilbo VRESP TODAY

On May 15, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Pizzo was shot and injured by an assailant in Handlova, Slovakia. Immediately after the shooting, bodyguards are evacuating the Prime Minister into a vehicle./Reuters News 1

The Prime Minister of Slovakia was shot in what appears to be an assassination attempt and is in critical condition (as of 11:50 p.m. Korean time). According to a report by Slovakian broadcaster TA3 on the 15th, Prime Minister Robert Pizzo (60) was shot and collapsed while greeting supporters after presiding over a government meeting in Handlova, a village about 180km northeast of the Slovak capital Bratislava, on this day and was taken to a nearby hospital. was transferred to

It was reported that Prime Minister Pizzo was conscious when he arrived at the hospital, but due to the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to a larger hospital. The Slovakian government said he was “in danger for his life.” CNN also quoted a Slovakian government official as saying, “There was an assassination attempt on Prime Minister (Pizzo) and he is in critical condition.” It is said that four gunshots were heard at the scene, and one of them hit the prime minister in the abdomen. Slovakian police arrested the suspect in the shooting of the prime minister at the scene.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Pizzo/Reuters Yonhap News

Prime Minister Pitso, who is pro-Russia, won the general election last October on the back of public opposition to Slovakia’s support for Ukraine. This was his third term in office (his fourth term), in addition to his first term from 2006 to 2010 and his consecutive term in office from 2012 to 2018. He has supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and has maintained a close relationship with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who supports Russian President Vladimir Putin, CNN reported. However, Prime Minister Picho met with Prime Minister Denis Schmihal in Ukraine in January of this year and expressed his support for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union (EU). At the time, he said, “I do not believe in a military solution (to the war between Russia and Ukraine), but welcome the peace plan proposed by Ukraine.”

The person who shot Prime Minister Roberto Pizzo in Handlova, a village about 180km northeast of the Slovak capital Bratislava, is being arrested by local police on the 15th./Reuters News 1

The international community unanimously voiced condemnation of the assassination attempt on Prime Minister Pitso. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, “We strongly condemn the attack on Prime Minister Pitso,” adding, “Such acts of violence have no place in our society and undermine our most precious common good, democracy.” Slovak President Zuzana Čaputova also said, “I am shocked” and “I hope he finds the strength to recover from his injuries.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also said, “We condemn acts of violence against the heads of our allies.”


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