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Marianna Boudanova, the wife of the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, is allegedly the victim of poisoning, according to Kiev.

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Ukraine suspects Russia of poisoning the wife of the head of Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR), Kyrylo Boudanov, told AFP a spokesperson for this structure, Andriï Ioussov.

This is the main hypothesis, he said, assuring that it was a deliberate poisoning with heavy metals, in particular mercury and arsenic, and not an accident.

According to Mr. Yussov, it was Marianna Boudanova and not her husband who was the target. It is simply impossible to directly reach the commander [Budanov] in this way, the spokesperson said.

Ms. Boudanova, who advises Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko, was hospitalized more than a week ago, added Mr. Yussov .

However, it is impossible for the moment to establish the exact date of the poisoning, because the The attack may have been prolonged over time, the spokesperson argued.

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He confirmed press reports according to which traces of heavy metals had been elsewhere discovered among several military intelligence collaborators, without giving other details.

Russia has so far not reacted to these accusations.

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Marianne Boudanova works for the mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschko (photo).

Earlier in the day, an intelligence source confirmed to AFP that Ms. Boudanova was suffering from drug poisoning. heavy metals and was receiving treatment.

Analyses revealed that she had traces of heavy metals in her body which are not used in everyday life or in business military.

Their presence may indicate a deliberate attempt at poisoning, according to an intelligence source cited by the Babel information site.

In all likelihood, the poison was delivered with the food, added a source within the police cited by the Ukraïnska Pravda site. /p>

She felt bad, so [medical] tests were done and they showed poisoning, she assured, affirming that Ms. Boudanova felt better and had finished the first stage of treatment.

Kyrylo Boudanov, 37, has acquired an almost legendary aura since the start of the invasion by occupying this key position.

He has headed the military intelligence department within the Ministry of Defense since 2020, and this structure is considered responsible for several attacks against Russia since the Russian invasion began in February 2022.

The Russian authorities accuse him in particular of having organized the attack in October 2022 which partially destroyed the bridge linking Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow, to Russia.

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The Kerch Bridge is Russia's only land link with annexed Crimea.

Kyrylo Boudanov said in August that his wife had been living with him in his office and never leaving him for security reasons since the invasion began.

We are always together, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, explained Marianna Boudanova in an interview with the Ukrainian edition of the magazine < em>Elle, published October 2022.

She said she learned to control her emotions well before the invasion, when her husband left for long missions in eastern Ukraine, a region where pro-Russian separatists supported by Moscow took up arms against Kiev as early as 2014.

Two months earlier, intelligence service spokesperson Andriy Yusov claimed that Mr. Budanov had been targeted by more than ten attempted attacks.

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Kyrylo Budanov has been the head of Ukrainian military intelligence for three years.

Bombs were notably placed in his car in 2019, an operation which would have been orchestrated by the Russian security services (FSB), according to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General.

Russia has repeatedly been accused of poisoning Kremlin adversaries or defectors, both at home and abroad. x27;outside its borders, even if it has always denied these facts.

In 2018, the highly publicized poisoning of the former double agent Sergei Skripal in England had sent shock waves through the international community.

In Ukraine, former pro-Western president Viktor Yushchenko had claimed that Moscow was behind a dioxin poisoning that targeted him during his campaign in 2004.

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