Ukraine's Chief Spy's wife hospitalized due to poisoning with heavy metals

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.28 - 2023 12:31 PM CET


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The wife of Lieutenant General Kyrylo Budanov, head of Ukraine's Main Directorate of Intelligence, has been hospitalized due to poisoning.

Marianna Budanova reportedly suffered poisoning by heavy metals and is currently receiving medical treatment. This alarming incident was reported by Ukrainian media outlet Babel, citing unnamed intelligence sources.

Marianna Budanova is married to a key figure in Ukraine's military intelligence, making the circumstances of her illness particularly concerning.

According to Newsweek, the anonymous sources from Ukraine's Main Directorate of Intelligence suggested the unusual nature of the heavy metals involved. They indicated that these substances are not typically found in daily life or military operations, hinting at a deliberate attempt to target Budanova.

As of now, there has been no official statement from Ukraine's military intelligence agency regarding the incident, and efforts to independently verify the reports are ongoing. Ukrainian intelligence has previously identified Lieutenant General Budanov as a target in several failed assassination attempts, adding a layer of complexity to the situation.

Furthermore, Ukrainian media reports mentioned that several other intelligence officers had also been poisoned, although details about these additional cases remain scarce.

The poisoning of Budanova and the potential targeting of other intelligence officers raise serious concerns about the safety of those associated with Ukraine's intelligence community amid the ongoing conflict in the region.

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