Budanov elaborates on special operations, past and future

31 January, 03:05 PM
Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:REUTERS / Valentyn Ogirenko)

Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:REUTERS / Valentyn Ogirenko)

Explosions like those at Russia’s Engels-2 air base will keep occurring until the territorial integrity of Ukraine is restored, Ukraine’s Military Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said in an interview with U.S. newspaper the Washington Post on Jan. 31.

The publication notes that although “operations on foreign soil would technically fall under Budanov’s purview, … he did not confirm his special forces were behind the strikes, which targeted strategic bombers Russia has used to hit Ukrainian cities.”

However, he did say “to expect more, and that Ukraine has agents working inside Russia.”

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“This shattered their illusions of security,” Budanov said. “There are people who plant explosives. There are drones. Until the territorial integrity of Ukraine is restored, there will be problems inside Russia.”

He also suggested that the Kremlin should fear collaborators in its midst. “There are indeed people who are very easy to work with on that territory, people who understand that Russia should be different,” he added. “And we support such people.”

In early January 2023, Budanov made similar statements in an interview with U.S. network ABC. He did not take responsibility for the strikes on Russian airbase, but suggested that such strikes would be “deeper and deeper.”

Then he was directly asked whether Ukraine had struck the Russian airbase, to which he said: “I cannot answer that question now. Only after the end of the war.”

He added that he was very happy to see such attacks, and when asked if there would be more, he said: “I think so.”

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