The wife of Kirilo Budánov, head of Ukraine's military intelligence (GUR), could have been the victim of an attempt on her life. According to media in that country, Marianna Budánova has had to be urgently hospitalized after being poisoned. A few months ago Budanov implicitly acknowledged that his department is behind several clandestine operations against relevant Russian forces and personalities.
After being diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning, Budánova suffered a "serious and continued deterioration" of her health. As a result, she had to be hospitalized. Ukrainian media have reported this situation at a time when the treatment has already ended, although she will continue to be under the supervision of doctors. It is not known when it occurred.
Given this situation, police authorities began a criminal investigation to clarify the attempted murder.
A source in the investigation explained to Babel that "these substances are not used in any way in everyday life or for military affairs. Their presence would indicate an attempt to deliberately poison a specific person."
The state agency Unian and media such as Ukrinform and Ukrainska Pravda have confirmed the poisoning. But none of this information suggests who could be behind the alleged poisoning.
Kirilo Budanov is a particularly hated figure in Russia, as the GUR is blamed for several attacks on Russian territory. In April a Moscow court ordered his arrest in absentia on charges of terrorism.
Last May, in an interview with Ukrainian blogger Sergei Ivanov, Budanov acknowledged that the agency he heads had been involved in several bomb attacks targeting "very high" profile Russian public and media figures on Russian territory, although He did not want to give specific details.
Some of the victims of attacks that Budánov could refer to, and whose responsibility Moscow blames on Ukrainian intelligence, could be the journalist Daria Dugina, daughter of the prominent nationalist philosopher and ideologist Alexander Dugin, in August 2022; and the war correspondent and blogger Vladlén Tatarski, attacked in a cafe-restaurant in Saint Petersburg in April 2023. Both died. And also the writer and politician Zajar Prilepin, who was injured in an attack last May.
At the same time, the head of the Ukrainian GUR has declared that he has been the victim of at least ten attempts on his life. The first was in 2019, before taking up his current position and three years before the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, launched the Russian army against Ukraine in February 2022 and began the current conflagration between the two Slavic neighbors.