The US admitted that Ukrainians were responsible for the assassination of Putin’s ally’s daughter, who was killed in an explosion outside of Moscow.
In August 2022, Darya Dugina, the daughter of Putin ally Alexander Dugin, was killed in an explosion outside of Moscow, as reported by The Gateway Pundit.
Russian media said Alexander Dugin was the target of an assassination attempt, but his daughter was killed instead.
Darya Dugina was reportedly on her way home from a festival when her Toyota Land Cruiser was blown up.
Alexander Dugin was supposed to be in the Land Cruiser with his daughter but changed vehicles at the last second, according to Russian media.
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The Ukrainian government denied any involvement with the death of Alexander Dugin’s daughter,
“Ukraine, of course, has nothing to do with yesterday’s explosion,” advisor Mykhailo Podolyak said.
“We are not a criminal state, unlike Russia, and definitely not a terrorist state.”
On Wednesday, U.S. intelligence agencies believed that Darya Dugina’s assassination last August was authorized by elements of the Ukrainian government, according to the New York Times.
The outlet reported:
U.S. intelligence agencies believe parts of the Ukrainian government authorized the car bomb attack near Moscow in August that killed Daria Dugina, 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. U.S. officials also said they were not aware of the operation ahead of time and would have opposed the killing had they been consulted. Afterward, U.S. officials admonished Ukrainian officials over the assassination, they said.
The closely held assessment of Ukrainian complicity, which has not been previously reported, was shared within the U.S. government last week. Ukraine denied involvement in the killing immediately after the attack, and senior officials repeated those denials when asked about the U.S. intelligence assessment.
While Russia has not retaliated in a specific way for the assassination, the United States is concerned that such attacks — while high in symbolic value — have little direct effect on the battlefield and could provoke Moscow to carry out its own strikes against senior Ukrainian officials. U.S. officials have been frustrated with Ukraine’s lack of transparency about its military and covert plans, especially on Russian soil.