On August 21, news came that Daria Dagina, the daughter of Alexander Dagin, known as “Putin’s brain”, was killed in a car bomb attack near Moscow. Russian security agencies claimed that the plan was to kill Dagin. Unfortunately her daughter died.

According to a New York Times report, US intelligence agencies recently claimed that parts of the Ukrainian government authorized the car bombing near Moscow that killed Daria Dagina, the daughter of a prominent Russian nationalist.

Officials said the United States did not participate in the attack by providing intelligence or other assistance. American officials also said they were not aware of the operation ahead of time and would have opposed the killing if they had been consulted. Later, American officials also claimed to have warned Ukrainian officials about the killings.

Information about Ukrainian involvement in the case was shared with the US government last week. Ukraine denied involvement in the killings immediately after the attack. Senior officials also repeated that denial when asked about the US intelligence assessment.

However, Russia did not retaliate for the killing. But the US is concerned because such attacks have little direct impact on the battlefield. Instead, Moscow could choose to launch its own attacks against senior Ukrainian officials rather than directly attacking the battlefield.

American officials have been frustrated by the lack of transparency about Ukraine’s military and covert plans, particularly on Russian soil.

Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine’s security services have demonstrated their ability to carry out sabotage operations in Russia. The assassination of Dagina would be one of the most daring operations ever. Because it proves that Ukraine can get very close to prominent Russians.

(06 October)