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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Assassins' Plans Foiled

KIEV -- Police in the Black Sea port of Odessa arrested 15 suspected contract killers on charges of plotting to kill the city mayor, officials said Wednesday.

The group was detained in the wake of a probe to find the killer of Borys Vikhrov, chief of the regional arbitration court. He was found dead in May.

Interior Minister Yuriy Kravchenko said during a visit to Odessa this week that the suspects had been arrested just as they were allegedly preparing to kill Odessa Mayor Ruslan Bodelan.

Kravchenko said the alleged gangsters were also going to kill a regional parliament deputy and the director of the Odessa port, the daily Segodnya reported Wednesday.