Report: U.S. Intelligence Agencies Believe Parts of Ukrainian Government Authorized Car Bomb Attack That Killed Daughter Of Putin Ally
[guest post by Dana]
Back in August, I posted about the suspicious death of Daria Dugina, the daughter of noted Putin ally and ultra-nationalist Alexander Dugin. Today, the New York Times reports that U.S. intelligence officials now believe that, at least in part, the Ukrainian government authorized the car bomb that resulted in Dugina’s death:
The United States intelligence agencies believe parts of the Ukrainian government authorized the car bomb attack near Moscow in August that killed Daria Dugina, the daughter of a prominent Russian nationalist, an element of a covert campaign that U.S. officials fear could widen the conflict.
The United States took no part in the attack, either by providing intelligence or other assistance, officials said. American officials also said they were not aware of the operation ahead of time and would have opposed the killing had they been consulted. Afterward, American officials admonished Ukrainian officials over the assassination, they said.
As they did immediately after the death of Daria Dugina was announced, Ukraine officials have denied the assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies. However, “one anonymous senior military official told the outlet the country has carried out attacks on Russian officials in occupied Ukrainian territories, including Volodymyr Saldo, a Russian-backed leader in the Kherson region who was hospitalized after being poisoned in August.” Also, from the report, we do not know whether President Zelensky was aware of the attack beforehand, or which parts of the Ukrainian government, if any, were involved.
The report notes that the U.S. is now concerned attacks like these might cause Moscow to retaliate by carrying out similar attacks on Ukrainian officials, because Putin has been using restraint with Ukraine thus far…
Note that the NSC, CIA, and State Department have declined to comment on the matter.