US intelligence believes Ukrainians behind Russian car bombing: reports

Russia blamed Ukrainian special services for the bombing in August.

Updated: October 6, 2022 - 9:59am

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U.S. intelligence officials reportedly believe that the car bombing near Moscow in August that killed Darya Dugina, the daughter of a prominent supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was authorized by parts of the Ukrainian government.

The United States was unaware of the plan and American officials reprimanded Ukrainian officials over the bombing, sources told The New York Times on Wednesday, followed by CNN.

Russia blamed Ukrainian special services for the bombing in August, and Ukraine strongly denied the accusations at the time.

U.S. intelligence sources said they believe Dugina was driving her father's car when she was killed and that her father Aleksandr Dugin, a Russian analyst commonly known as "Putin's brain," was the intended target.

It is unclear who in the Ukrainain government approved the assassination attempt, and officials are unsure whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky knew about the plot.

Dugin and Dugina were sanctioned following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February.