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Wife of Ukrainian Intelligence Chief Poisoned: A Potential Escalation in Ukrainian-Russian Conflict

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Wife of Ukrainian Intelligence Chief Poisoned: A Potential Escalation in Ukrainian-Russian Conflict

Marianna Budanowa, the wife of Kyrylo Budanow, Chief of Military Intelligence of Ukraine, has reportedly fallen victim to a deliberate poisoning attack. The attack has sent shockwaves through the Ukrainian intelligence community, and the nation as a whole. Kyrylo Budanow, known for his direct role in orchestrating successful sabotage and assassination operations in Russian-occupied territories and Russia itself, has become an emblem of Ukraine's resilience and resistance.

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Unusual Heavy Metals Indicate Intentional Poisoning

Mrs. Budanowa had been suffering from nausea for several days before being admitted to a hospital. Initial investigations revealed that she was poisoned with heavy metals that are not typically found in everyday life or military operations. This unusual detail has led to the conclusion that the poisoning was a calculated act, rather than an unfortunate coincidence or accident.

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Attempted Murder Involving Ukrainian Intelligence Service

Several other members of the Ukrainian Intelligence Service, led by Kyrylo Budanow, are also being treated for suspected poisoning. This has raised suspicions of a broader attack against the Ukrainian Intelligence Service. In response, authorities have initiated investigations into an attempted murder case, aiming to uncover the truth behind this alarming incident.

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Implications and Consequences

Since the Russian invasion over 21 months ago, the Budanow couple has been living together around the clock for security reasons. If the poisoning attack proves to be intentional, it would mark the most severe assault on a family member of a Ukrainian leader since the war erupted in February 2022. Furthermore, it would significantly escalate the already high tensions between Ukraine and Russia. The Military Intelligence Service, known for their successful operations against Russia, is now facing a direct attack, potentially signaling a new phase in the ongoing conflict.

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