Accusations and denials are flying as the blame game over who set off the car bomb that murdered the daughter of Vladimir Putin’s “spiritual adviser” to the conflict in Ukraine is in full gear.
Russia launched a homicide investigation after the bombing. According to a report from Russia’s Tass news agency published on Monday, the bomb’s detonator was a Ukrainian woman who was a member of Ukraine’s special forces. Additionally, they assert that she brought her 12-year-old daughter to the job with her. The mother-daughter team allegedly followed Dugina’s car while attending the same festival. According to Tass on Monday, “the murder of journalist Darya Dugina has been solved; it was planned by Ukrainian secret services, bought by a citizen of Ukraine.” “The thieves followed the journalist in a Mini Cooper car.”
Ukraine has refuted all allegations. Mykhailo Podolyak, a well-known politician in Ukraine, asserted on Sunday: “Ukraine, of course, had nothing to do with this since we are not a criminal state, like the Russian Federation, and also we are not a terrorist state.”
On Monday, a former member of the Russian Duma who was the lone member to vote against the annexation of Crimea and consequently was expelled made the assertion that the National Republican Army of Russian partisans was responsible for the assault. Ilya Ponomarev, a Russian exile now residing in Kyiv, said that anti-Putin elements were responsible in a Telegram broadcast.
He told The Guardian that “a momentous event took place near Moscow last night.” “This attack adds a fresh chapter to Russian opposition to Putinism. The new is not the last. In addition, Ponomarev cited a manifesto that he claims the National Republican Army published and in which it identified Dugina as a legitimate target. He claims the gang wrote, “She was a voice advocating for violence and murder.”
Supporters of Putin are urging retaliation on the battlefield. Editor-in-chief of RT television Margarita Simonyah called for Russian airstrikes on important Ukrainian intelligence facilities. She wrote on Monday, “Decision-making centers! Decision-making centers!”
Just a few days remain until Ukraine’s national independence day, which is set for August 24. Volodymr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, forewarned on Sunday night that Russia might do something “especially unpleasant” before the big day.
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