US intelligence says Ukrainians behind Dugina murder: NYT | Russia–Ukraine War

According to The New York Times, the assessment that “parts of the Ukrainian government” authorized the bombings was split last week.

Intelligence agencies in the United States believe parts of the Ukrainian government authorized the car bombing near Moscow in August that killed Darya Duginathe daughter of a prominent Russian nationalist, according to a New York Times article.

The assessment of Ukraine’s alleged complicity was shared within the US government last week, the newspaper reported on Wednesday.

US officials who spoke to the intelligence did not reveal which elements of the Ukrainian government allegedly authorized the mission, who carried out the attack, or whether President Volodymyr Zelenskyy approved it. Those briefed on the Ukrainian action and the US response spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified information and sensitive diplomacy issues, according to the report.

Dugina, a 29-year-old commentator for a Russian nationalist television channel, was killed when a bomb exploded in her car in August, in an attack Russia blamed on Ukraine”special services“.

The Ukrainian government denied any involvement at the time, and when asked about the US intelligence assessment, Zelenskyy’s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak reiterated those denials.

“Again, I will stress that any wartime killing in one country or another must have some sort of practical meaning,” Podolyak told The New York Times. “It must fulfill a specific objective, tactical or strategic. Someone like Dugina is not a tactical or strategic target for Ukraine.

US officials also told the newspaper they did not have a full picture of competing power centers within the Ukrainian government, including the military, security services and Zelenskyy’s office. This may explain why parts of the Ukrainian government may not have known about the plot, he added.

The United States took no part in the attack, had no prior knowledge of it, and ‘reprimanded’ Ukrainian officials afterwards, the New York Times said, adding that the United States would have opposed to murder if they had known about the plan.

Dugina’s father, Alexander Duginis a leading ultra-nationalist and strong supporter of Russia’s war in Ukraine, and some believe he was the intended target.

Russian media said Dugin changed cars with his daughter shortly before the explosion, which ripped through the Toyota Land Cruiser as she drove through the outskirts of Moscow after attending a cultural festival. Dugina was also a prominent supporter of the invasion of Ukraine, known as the “Special Military Operation” in Russia.

Russia has not retaliated specifically for the killing, but the United States fears such attacks could prompt Moscow to carry out its own attacks against senior Ukrainian officials, the New York Times said.

Russia’s intelligence agency, the FSB, said a Ukrainian woman, who entered Russia in July and rented an apartment where Dugina lived, was behind the attack. She fled Russia after the attack, according to the agency.

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