Ukraine’s spy chief says his words about killing Russians “anywhere in the world” were misinterpreted

17 May, 01:52 PM
Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Ukrainian military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said that his quote in a recent interview with Yahoo News about killing Russians “anywhere in the world” was misinterpreted, in an interview with Ukrainian media outlet ISLND TV on May 16.

“This is a cut version,” he explained.

“The most important part was cut from it: only Russians who are war criminals, who have committed crimes against humanity, crimes such as gang rapes, rapes of minors, murders... It was about them. That clarification was removed from the quote.”

Budanov claimed that “no matter how bad it sounds,” he has nothing personal against Russians, though he admitted that he doesn’t like them – especially those proven to have committed war crimes on Ukrainian soil, he added.

Video of day

According to Budanov, the Main Intelligence Directorate, Ukraine’s military intelligence angry, cooperates with Russians who are against the war and are “ready to change Russia,” but the “downright scoundrels” will eventually suffer a well-deserved punishment.

“But only the downright scoundrels,” the military intelligence chief said.

“This is absolutely true. I’ll confirm it for you once again – I’m not afraid of my words: there have been and will be cases [of scoundrels]. These people will eventually suffer the punishment they would deserve in any country in the world. Only their liquidation can be the well-deserved punishment for these actions. I don’t consider anything else to be fitting. This is my personal opinion. I adhere to it and will implement it.”

Earlier in an interview with Yahoo News, in response to a request to comment on Ukraine’s possible involvement in the assassination of Kremlin propagandist Daria Dugina, Budanov asked “not to continue on this topic.”

“All I will comment on is that we have killed Russians and will continue to kill Russians anywhere in the world, until the complete victory of Ukraine,”he said.

We’re bringing the voice of Ukraine to the world. Support us with a one-time donation, or become a Patron!

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google News

Ukraine Today
Fresh daily newsletter covering the top headlines and developments in Ukraine
Daily at 9am EST
Show more news