NewsUkrainian intelligence chief alleges Russian involvement in wife's poisoning, promises retaliation

Ukrainian intelligence chief alleges Russian involvement in wife's poisoning, promises retaliation

Marianna Budanowa and her husband Kyrylo.
Marianna Budanowa and her husband Kyrylo.
Images source: © HUR, The text "ZSU" doesn't need to be translated as it is already in English.

11:46 AM EST, February 17, 2024

In late November of last year, Marianna Budanova, Kyrylo Budanov's wife and a representative from the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's Ministry of Defense (HUR), was hospitalized, exhibiting symptoms of poisoning.

Heavy metals, namely arsenic and mercury, were found in her system. Thankfully, the dangerous effects were staved off due to the swift identification of the poison.

Apart from Budanov's wife, several high-ranking officials from the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of National Defense also showed signs of poisoning.

In a recent interview with French newspaper, The Liberation, Budanov shared an update that his wife Marianna is in better health. He also clarified that no substance was found in his body that would have poisoned his wife.

"As I didn't ingest any poison, it's difficult for me to say whether this assassination attempt was directed at me as well. However, I've survived more than one assassination attempt and I'm likely to survive many more," said the head of Ukrainian intelligence.

Simultaneously, Budanov declared that he knows the identity of those behind his wife's assassination attempt and assured that there will be a response by Ukraine's security forces.

"I believe retaliatory actions will follow in Russia in the near future, and it will be understood by all," he underlined.

Source: The Liberation

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