The intelligence services of the United States allegedly believe that the Ukrainian side may be involved in the explosion near Moscow in August, during which Daria Dugina, the daughter of a well-known Russian propagandist, the main ideologist of the so-called "Russian Peace", was killed.

The New York Times writes about this with reference to its unnamed sources.

Officially, the United States said that it did not participate in the attack, did not provide intelligence or other assistance.

American officials also said they did not know about the operation in advance and would have opposed the killing if they had been consulted.

After that, American officials allegedly warned Ukrainian officials.

According to the publication, last week the US government published a careful assessment of Ukraine's participation, which had not been reported before.

Ukraine denied involvement in the killing immediately after the attack, and senior officials repeated those denials when asked about the U.S. intelligence assessment.

Although Russia has not specifically retaliated for the killing, the United States is concerned that such attacks have a high symbolic value, even though they have no direct impact on the battlefield.

Allegedly, such attacks can provoke Moscow to retaliate against high-ranking Ukrainian officials. 

"American officials were disappointed by Ukraine's lack of transparency regarding its military and secret plans, especially on Russian territory," the NYT writes.

Since the beginning of the war, Ukrainian special services have demonstrated the ability to infiltrate Russia to carry out sabotage.

However, the murder of Dugina, according to the authors of the article, would be one of the most daring operations to date.

Some US officials suspect that Dugina's father, Oleksandr Dugin, a Russian ultranationalist, was the real target of the operation, and that the operatives who carried it out thought he would be in the car with his daughter.

Journalists call Oleksandr Dugin "one of the most famous voices in Russia, who called on Moscow to intensify the war against Ukraine."

Although in reality, few Ukrainians knew about the existence of this "freak".

The American officials interlocutors of the publication did not specify who exactly from the Ukrainian authorities authorized the operation, who carried out the attack and whether President Volodymyr Zelenskyi knew about it. 

US officials did not say who in the US government issued the warning or to whom in the Ukrainian government they were sent.

It is not known what Ukraine's response was.

Answering a question about the US intelligence assessment, Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President's Office, repeated the Ukrainian authorities' denial of involvement in the murder of Ms. Dugina.

"Again, I would emphasize that any killing during war in any country must carry some practical significance," Mr. Podoliak said in an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday.

"It should fulfill some specific purpose: tactical or strategic. Dugin is not a tactical or strategic goal for Ukraine."

The article indicates that Washington is concerned that Russia may be considering further steps to escalate the war, including by assassinating prominent Ukrainian leaders.

Zelensky will become the main target of Russian assassin groups, as he was at the beginning of the war.

It will be recalled that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that Ukraine has nothing to do with the murder of Daria Dugina.

the car of the daughter of the Russian "philosopher" Oleksandr Dugin, who is called an ideologue of "Russian peace" and an associate of Putin, exploded on a highway near Moscow on August 20. 

29-year-old Daria Dugina died on the spot

.

According to eyewitnesses, 

Dugin himself should have been in the car

, but at the last moment he moved to another car.

According to tradition, the FSB said that the Ukrainian special services were involved in this high-profile case, and 

the alleged executor was a 43-year-old Ukrainian woman

who came to Russia with her daughter and had been tracking Dugina since July.

According to propagandists, the Ukrainian woman and her daughter allegedly left for Estonia after the murder.

At  the same time

, the adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolyak assured that Kyiv was not involved in the death of Daria Dugina. 

"I emphasize that Ukraine certainly has nothing to do with this, because we are not a criminal state like the Russian Federation, and even less a terrorist state," he said, adding that the murder of Dugin's daughter is evidence of a struggle for power and the influence of various groups within the Russian Federation.

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