In addition to the wife of the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate Kyrylo Budanov, other employees of the Main Directorate of Intelligence were also poisoned, which may mean that Marianna was not the target.

Oleksii Hetman, a veteran of the Russian-Ukrainian war, a major in the reserve of the National Guard of Ukraine, spoke about this on the air of the Espresso TV channel.

The hetman named several versions of the attack on Budanov's wife. One of which is chance.

"This could have been done by the Russians. It is not a fact that it was a deliberate attempt on Budanov's wife. It is likely that it was an attack on the employees of the Main Intelligence Directorate. It can be assumed that Budanov's wife got there by accident, and the main target was employees and, possibly, Budanov himself, this is one of the versions," he said.

Another version is an attempt directly on the wife of the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate. And if there was a deliberate attempt on Marianna's life, it means a violation of the rules of intelligence and special services.

According to the Hetman, there is an unspoken so-called "code of honor" that such services try to adhere to.

"You can 'hunt' for some statesman, an employee of the special services. This can be understood, especially during the war. It is unacceptable to attack the family, it is impossible to create attempts on wives, husbands, children, parents. If it was a targeted attack on my wife, it just shows what kind of people and their services are," he stressed.

Should Ukraine be held accountable?

According to the Hetman, there should be a response from Ukraine for such an assassination attempt.

"I think there should be a response for this, but not to poison Putin's wife, for example, but to kill Putin. We have the right to do this, it is a legitimate goal during the war. After all, he is not just a politician, he is the commander-in-chief and we have to attack the entire command staff of their troops. True, it will be difficult to kill Putin, because there are many of his doubles," he added.

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Recall that the poisoning of Budanov's wife and his employees is being investigated by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense. This was announced by the representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine Andriy Yusov. According to him, an internal investigation of the agency has been launched and is ongoing.

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