Ukraine Suspects Russia in Alleged Poisoning Attempt on Military Intelligence Chief’s Wife
In a shocking turn of events, Ukraine has accused Russia of attempting to assassinate the wife of its military intelligence chief, raising tensions between the two nations even further. Marianna Budanova, an advisor to Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko, was hospitalized after her health suddenly deteriorated, leading investigators to believe that she had been poisoned.
According to Ukrainian officials, the poisoning attempt was an indirect method of targeting the military intelligence chief, as Budanova is his wife. The toxic substances used in the attack were identified as mercury and arsenic, both known to be highly toxic and potentially lethal.
What raised concerns among investigators is the fact that these substances are not commonly used in everyday life or military affairs, strongly indicating a deliberate poisoning attempt. This discovery also sheds light on the potential motives behind the incident.
The alleged poisoning doesn’t appear to be an isolated case, as other employees of the military intelligence unit, known as GUR, are also being treated for suspected poisoning. This suggests that there might be a wider plan to weaken the Ukrainian military intelligence.
Law enforcement officials suspect that the poison was administered through Budanova’s food, which raises questions about the security measures in place. It is alarming to consider that even someone living in constant security, like Budanova, is susceptible to such attacks.
This is not the first time Russia has been accused of using poisoning as a method of attack. However, the Kremlin vehemently denies all charges. The tensions between Ukraine and Russia have been high since Russia’s invasion began, and this alleged assassination attempt will likely worsen the already strained relationship between the two nations.
It is worth noting that Budanova’s military intelligence unit, GUR, is responsible for conducting sabotage attacks on Russia behind the front lines. Moscow has previously accused the GUR of being involved in the October 2022 explosions on the Kerch bridge.
As a result of these ongoing tensions and threats, Budanova has been living with her husband in his office for security reasons since the beginning of the invasion. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangerous and volatile situation faced by those opposing Russia’s aggression.
The investigation into the alleged poisoning attempt is ongoing, and it remains to be seen whether concrete evidence linking Russia to the attack will be found. However, this incident adds another layer of complexity and danger to the already tense situation in Eastern Europe.