US believes Ukrainians behind killing of Dugina in Russia: Report

LONDON: US intelligence agencies believe parts of the Ukrainian government approved a car bomb attack near Moscow in August that killed Darya Duginadaughter of a prominent Russian nationalist, the New York Times reported, citing unnamed officials.
Reuters could not immediately verify the report.
The United States was not involved in the attack on Dugina and did not know it in advance, the Times reported. American officials warned Ukrainian officials about the assassination, the Times reported.
The newspaper said some US officials suspect Dugina’s father, Alexander Dugin, was a strong supporter of what Russia called it “special military operation” in Ukrainewas the real target of the assassination.
After the attack, Ukraine denied involvement in the killing, while Russia’s Federal Security Service accused Ukraine’s secret services of being behind it.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the President of Ukraine, told Reuters on Thursday that Dugina did not care about Kyiv before she was killed.
“Objectively speaking, Dugina really never cared about Ukraine,” he wrote on WhatsApp in response to a Reuters request for comment.
“Before Dugina was murdered, the Ukrainian people and representatives of the Ukrainian government were unaware of her public activities and influence over propaganda programmes.
“In our view, the main beneficiaries of Dugina’s murder were some of Russia’s radical supporters of the war (in Ukraine). Including a section of special services (of Russia). ).”
He said Moscow tried to use the charges against Ukraine after the killing to divert attention from allegations that some Russian soldiers committed war crimes in Ukraine.
Dugina was used as a “sacred sacrifice” and an important propaganda symbol, he said.
“The answer to the question ‘Who benefits from it?” is evident in this case,” he wrote.


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