A senior Ukrainian official has said that the wife of Ukraine’s military intelligence chief has been admitted to hospital after being exposed to heavy metals. According to local media, Marianna Budanova, wife of Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, has been receiving medical treatment after a prolonged period of illness.
Andriy Iusov, the spokesperson for Budanov’s office at the Ministry’s defense intelligence directorate confirmed the information, saying “The information corresponds to reality; an investigation is ongoing, including internal inquiries. Her life is currently out of danger, but medical supervision will continue for some time.”
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Ukrainska Pravda, a Ukrainian news site, disclosed that several other agency employees were also exposed to the poisoning but did not display symptoms. Budanova, educated as a psychologist, relocated to her husband’s office at the onset of the war. She previously worked for Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.
Babel, another Ukrainian media outlet, reported an ongoing investigation into those responsible for targeting Budanova. Poisoning by heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic or others may lead to vomiting, fever, and even organ failure that may turn fatal. Both Russia and Ukraine are accused of targeting and killing adversaries via poison.
Most significantly, a poison squad within the Russian Federal Security Service has allegedly murdered several Russian political opponents, such as Alexei Navalny. The SBU, Ukraine’s intelligence agency, has also been conducting secret strikes against Russian leaders.
According to reports, Agent Budanov was accurate in predicting Russia’s full-scale invasion and the capture of Kyiv. Moreover, the agent has survived more than 10 assassination attempts, including a foiled car bombing.
Even 21 months later, he and his wife are believed to reside in his office, despite the capital being generally safe, with the most active fighting concentrated in the south and east portion of the country. Intense battles are currently going on in the Kharkiv region, close to the former occupied town of Kupyansk.
Further, there is an ongoing war between Ukraine’s forces and Russian soldiers in the eastern town of Avdiivka, where Russia has deployed a notable number of troops in the last few months to take more ground from Ukrainian forces.
Just recently an intelligence brief from the British Defense Ministry indicated that the Russian forces have suffered tens of thousands of casualties in the process.
Similarly, Finland announced the closure of its last remaining border crossing with Russia overnight Wednesday into Thursday, in response to a swell of migrants crossing what the interior ministry described as a “Russian hybrid operation.” The interior minister Mari Rantanen highlighted that the border would be closed until December 13.