Ukraine Reports Poisoning of Intelligence Chief’s Spouse with Heavy Metals

by Chloe Baker
Ukraine poisoning incident

Marianna Budanova, the spouse of Ukrainian intelligence chief Lt. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, is currently receiving medical care for poisoning by heavy metals, according to an announcement from a representative of the Ukrainian military intelligence agency, GUR. This development comes amid the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, now in its 22nd month.

The condition of Budanova, married to the head of GUR, was verified to The Big Big News by the agency’s spokesperson, Andrii Yusov. However, Yusov refrained from elaborating on the specifics of the poisoning, including whether it was an attack aimed at Budanov or if there is any suspicion of Russian involvement. Earlier, Yusov had disclosed to Ukrainian media that Budanov had narrowly escaped 10 assassination attempts by Russia’s FSB.

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Previously, Budanov had mentioned that his wife resides with him in his office, suggesting he might have been the intended target of the poisoning. The Russian government, which has a history of suspected involvement in poisonings, has yet to comment on these allegations. Russian media and analysts, however, have been actively discussing the incident, with some suggesting internal Ukrainian strife as a potential cause.

Sources from GUR, as reported by local media, indicate that Budanova was admitted to a hospital in Kyiv. The specific heavy metals responsible for the poisoning have not been disclosed publicly. Reports suggest these metals are uncommon in domestic or military use, leading GUR to believe the poisoning was deliberate, possibly through contaminated food or drink.

In addition to Budanova, who has been Budanov’s wife since 2013, several other GUR members have reportedly been diagnosed with similar poisoning symptoms, as per reports from Ukrainska Pravda.

An official statement from GUR providing further details is anticipated.

Budanova, a psychology graduate who previously advised Kyiv’s mayor, shared her experiences of being married to Ukraine’s spy chief in an interview with Ukraine’s Elle magazine in October 2022. She recounted how she joined her husband at his workplace on the eve of Russia’s full-scale invasion on February 23, opting to stay with her family rather than evacuate to a safer location.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ukraine poisoning incident

Who is Marianna Budanova?

Marianna Budanova is the wife of Lt. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence agency, GUR. She has been diagnosed with heavy metals poisoning and is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital.

What is the current health status of Marianna Budanova?

As of the latest reports, Marianna Budanova is receiving treatment for heavy metals poisoning in a hospital. The specifics of her condition have not been detailed publicly.

Has the source of the poisoning been identified?

The exact source of the poisoning has not been publicly disclosed. However, it is speculated that the heavy metals involved are not commonly used domestically or in military equipment, suggesting a deliberate act of poisoning.

Was Lt. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov the intended target of the poisoning?

It has been speculated that Lt. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov may have been the intended target of the poisoning, as he and his wife reside together in his office. However, there is no confirmed information regarding the intended target.

Has there been any response from the Russian government regarding the poisoning?

As of the latest updates, there has been no immediate comment from the Russian government regarding the poisoning allegations.

Are there other cases of similar poisoning in Ukraine’s GUR?

Yes, several other personnel from Ukraine’s GUR have also been reportedly diagnosed with the same type of heavy metal poisoning.

What has Marianna Budanova said about her experiences during the war?

In an interview with Ukraine’s Elle magazine in October 2022, Marianna Budanova spoke about her life since the onset of Russia’s full-scale invasion, including her decision to stay with her husband at his workplace and not evacuate to a safer location.

More about Ukraine poisoning incident

  • The Big Big News Report on Budanova’s Poisoning
  • Ukrainska Pravda Coverage of GUR Personnel Poisoning
  • Elle Magazine Interview with Marianna Budanova
  • Ukraine-Russia Conflict Updates at Big Big News

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Mark J. November 29, 2023 - 1:26 am

wow, this is crazy stuff. can’t believe such things are happening right now, Hope she recovers soon.

Lisa M. November 29, 2023 - 1:04 pm

how can we even know if this is true? theres so much propaganda on both sides. but if it is, it’s really awful. hope she gets better.

Tom H. November 29, 2023 - 1:54 pm

Not surprised, honestly, given everything that’s going on betweeen Ukraine and Russia. This war has seen all sorts of underhanded tactics.

Julia R. November 29, 2023 - 2:30 pm

that’s so sad, prayers for her and her family… these kind of incidents make you wonder about the real dangers out there.


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