It’s been well documented that Ukraine was behind this women’s assassination- It’s doubtful that the US was unaware that this targeted killing was set to take place. That’s my opinion. Feel free to disagree or agree.
I’m also a bit concerned as to why the US is acknowledging this fact. Are they trying to push the idea of Russian retaliation for this killing? I don’t think so. Because I don’t think Dugan (the father) is as influential as the western media has made him out to be. All that “Putin’s brain” nonsense. Daria was murdered in August. Retribution would have already taken place. Again, my opinion.- So, I’m suspicious.
Maybe the Ukrainian military, or the Ukrnazi’s want to take Zelensky out? And framing this murder as a cause for Russian retaliation might be an advance narrative to point the finger at Russia. Should Zelensky or some other associate be killed ? It’s just a thought.
WASHINGTON — United States intelligence agencies believe parts of the Ukrainian government authorized the car bomb attack near Moscow in August that killed Daria Dugina, the daughter of a prominent Russian nationalist, an element of a covert campaign that U.S. officials fear could widen the conflict.
Intelligence or other assistance, officials said. American officials also said they were not aware of the operation ahead of time and would have opposed the killing had they been consulted. Afterward, American officials admonished Ukrainian officials over the assassination, they said.
The closely held assessment of Ukrainian complicity, which has not been previously reported, (why not?) was shared within the U.S. government last week. Ukraine denied involvement in the killing immediately after the attack, and senior officials repeated those denials when asked about the American intelligence assessment.
While Russia has not retaliated in a specific way for the assassination, the United States is concerned that such attacks — while high in symbolic value — have little direct impact on the battlefield and could provoke Moscow to carry out its own strikes against senior Ukrainian officials. American officials have been frustrated with Ukraine’s lack of transparency about its military and covert plans, especially on Russian soil.
Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine’s security services have demonstrated their ability to reach into Russia to conduct sabotage operations. The killing of Ms. Dugina, however, would be one of the boldest operations to date — showing Ukraine can get very close to prominent Russians.
The American officials who spoke about the intelligence did not disclose which elements of the Ukrainian government were believed to have authorized the mission, who carried out the attack, or whether President Volodymyr Zelensky had signed off on the mission. United States officials briefed on the Ukrainian action and the American response spoke on the condition of anonymity, in order to discuss secret information and matters of sensitive diplomacy.
U.S. officials would not say who in the American government delivered the admonishments or whom in the Ukrainian government they were delivered to. It was not known what Ukraine’s response was.
Vague assertions aplenty.