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Ukraine's Intelligence Chief's Wife Poisoned Amid Ongoing Conflict




Marianna Budanova, the wife of Ukraine's intelligence chief Lieutenant General Kyrylo Budanov, has been diagnosed with heavy metals poisoning. This alarming development was confirmed by Andrii Yusov, a spokesperson for Ukraine's military intelligence agency, GUR. Budanova is currently receiving medical treatment in a Kyiv hospital as the war with Russia enters its 22nd month.

The specifics of the poisoning, including the exact nature of the heavy metals involved, have not been disclosed. However, local media have reported that the metals are neither commonly used domestically nor found in military equipment, leading to speculation that the poisoning was a deliberate act. Yusov did not comment on whether the poisoning was intended for Budanov or if Russia was suspected to be involved. Earlier, he had revealed that Budanov survived multiple assassination attempts, possibly by Russia's FSB.

No response has been forthcoming from the Russian government, which has a history of being suspected in poisoning cases. Meanwhile, some Russian media and commentators have suggested that the incident could be related to internal conflicts within Ukraine.

Budanova, who has been married to Budanov since 2013 and holds a degree in psychology, had been acting as an adviser to Kyiv's mayor before the war. In an interview with Ukraine's Elle magazine in October 2022, she recounted her experiences since the onset of the full-scale invasion, revealing that she had been living with her husband at his workplace since the conflict began.

So, What Does This Mean?

The poisoning of Marianna Budanova, amidst the prolonged and intense conflict between Ukraine and Russia, adds another layer of complexity to an already fraught situation. It underscores the personal risks faced by those closely associated with key Ukrainian figures, such as Budanov, who plays a crucial role in the country's military intelligence. The incident raises concerns about targeted attacks against Ukrainian officials and their families, potentially indicating a new phase of clandestine warfare. The lack of clarity on the perpetrator or the motive behind this incident further heightens the atmosphere of uncertainty and tension in the region. As the war continues, the safety of individuals connected to national leaders remains a significant concern.

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Unknown member
Nov 29, 2023

About the poisoning...another excellent reason for Biden, Johnson, NATO, and the West to send many, many more weapons to the Ukrainian fighters. Including the 50% remaining of the weapons the West previously pledged but did not deliver.

About the "russian speaking"...what a crock of you know what. 1. Ukrainians were forced to use russian language for official business by the soviet union for 70 years. Of course they had to be able to speak russian. (Although they stopped speaking russian on February 24, 2022.) 2. Putin and russia restettled many russian citizens to the occupied areas and drove away or killed most Ukrainian citizens so, of course, there are residents that speak russian. That is a trick russia has…


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Unknown member
Nov 29, 2023

Poison, the classic Kremlin touch. In 2004 they messed up Viktor Yushchenko's face with TCDD. His whole head was covered with chlor-acne.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Yushchenko#TCDD_poisoning

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Unknown member
Nov 29, 2023

There's going to be some serious investigations into how that got in the food.

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Unknown member
Nov 29, 2023

Hope she recovers.

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