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Poisoning of Ukraine's Intelligence Chief's Wife Amid Ongoing Conflict

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Poisoning of Ukraine's Intelligence Chief's Wife Amid Ongoing Conflict

In a chilling turn of events, Marianna Budanova, wife of Ukraine's military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov, has been diagnosed with heavy metals poisoning, according to Ukrainian media citing sources from the country's Defense Ministry. This comes as war continues to rage in the region, with both Ukraine and Russia persisting in their campaigns.

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The Poisoning of Marianna Budanova

Reports suggest that several other Ukrainian military intelligence officials have shown similar symptoms, raising concerns of a targeted attack. However, no official statement has been made as to whether Russia is suspected behind these incidents. Budanov, a key figure in planning and executing major military operations against Russian forces, has reportedly been the target of at least 10 assassination attempts previously.

NATO's Update and Russia's Counterclaim

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Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stated that Ukrainian forces have recaptured 50% of the territories occupied since the beginning of the war, continuing to inflict heavy defeats on Russia. On the contrary, Moscow maintains that its 'South' tactical group has defeated two Ukrainian brigades in the Donetsk area, highlighting the contrasting narratives of the ongoing conflict.

Detention of Journalist: An Attack on Press Freedom

The Wall Street Journal has condemned the arrest of its reporter, Evan Gershkovich, by Russia on charges of espionage, terming it a blatant attack on press freedom. Gershkovich's pre-trial detention has been extended for the third time, escalating tensions between the media and the Russian government.

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Russia's New Weapon and the Geopolitical Landscape

Russian President has announced the successful final test of the Burevestnik global-range cruise missile, a nuclear-powered weapon. This development, along with the ongoing war in Ukraine, is reshaping the geopolitical landscape, with concerns growing over the Middle East conflict distracting from the support for Ukraine. The U.S. and EU, however, remain committed to backing both Ukraine and Israel despite potential challenges in fulfilling arms supply demands.

Conviction and Explosion: Further Developments

In other news, a man in Russia has been convicted for joining the ultranationalist Ukrainian group Pravyi Sektor. Moreover, a close adviser to the commander-in-chief of Kiev's armed forces was killed in an explosion, with an investigation currently underway. These developments continue to add layers of complexity to the unfolding situation in Ukraine.

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