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Mariana Budanova, wife of Ukrainian military intelligence chief poisoned in targeted attack

WorldRussiaMariana Budanova, wife of Ukrainian military intelligence chief poisoned in targeted attack

Kyiv, Ukraine: Mariana Budanova, the wife of Kyrylo Budanov, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, has fallen victim to a deliberate poisoning, according to sources reported by “Babel” on its Telegram channel.

The incident, characterized by the use of heavy metals not commonly found in everyday life or military operations, has sparked concerns of a targeted attempt on her life.


Intelligence sources quoted by UNIAN emphasize that the presence of these substances strongly suggests a purposeful act, raising alarms about a potential orchestrated attack on a specific individual.

Mariana Budanova, following a prolonged deterioration of her health, has been diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning and is currently undergoing treatment in a Ukrainian hospital.

The seriousness of the situation is underscored by ongoing investigations into what appears to be an attempted murder.

UNIAN’s sources have corroborated the poisoning information, providing a grim confirmation of the dire circumstances surrounding Mariana Budanova’s health.

The specific details of the poisoning remain elusive, but sources from “Ukrainska Pravda” within the security sector suggest that Budanova’s wife may have been poisoned through food consumption.

Complaints of feeling unwell prompted medical tests, revealing the presence of toxic substances. The sources go on to disclose that additional employees of the Main Intelligence Directorate have also fallen victim to poisoning, highlighting a more comprehensive and alarming pattern within the organization.


Given Mariana Budanova’s limited presence on social networks, details about her personal life remain scarce.

Her previous foray into politics, running for deputy from Vitali Klitschko’s “UDAR” party, adds a layer of complexity to the situation, leaving investigators to explore potential motives behind the apparent attack.

Kyrylo Budanov, in a recent statement, revealed that his wife shared his living space within the office.

He expressed the sentiment that his “happiness” was always within reach, painting a picture of a close-knit family facing an unexpected and grave threat.

Sources from “Ukrainska Pravda” in the security sector shed light on the impact of the poisoning on other GRU (Main Intelligence Directorate) employees.

While Mariana Budanova’s smaller stature led to a more immediate manifestation of symptoms, more prominent colleagues reportedly were unknowingly affected and are now undergoing treatment.

The situation has sent shockwaves through the Ukrainian security apparatus, prompting heightened security measures and a reevaluation of potential threats faced by key personnel within the intelligence community.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of even high-ranking officials to targeted attacks, raising questions about the broader implications for national security.

As Mariana Budanova continues her treatment under observation, the Ukrainian authorities are faced with the challenging task of unravelling the motives behind this audacious poisoning attempt.

The investigation unfolds against a backdrop of heightened tension, emphasizing the need for swift and decisive action to ensure the safety and security of those entrusted with the nation’s defence.


This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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