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Flowers and candles are placed next to a portrait of media commentator Darya Dugina in Moscow, Russia, August 22.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov welcomed reports in the United States that the US intelligence community suspects Ukrainian officials were behind the bombing. activist who killed Darya Dugina near Moscow in August.

CNN reported on Wednesday that the US intelligence community believes the car bombing that killed Dugina, the daughter of prominent Russian nationalist Alexander Dugin, was authorized by elements in the Ukrainian government.

According to sources who spoke to CNN, the US was unaware of the plan in advance and it remains unclear who exactly the US believes signed off on the assassination. It is also unclear whether the US intelligence community believes that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky knew about the plot or authorized it.

The intelligence discovery was first reported by The New York Times.

Peskov added that he hopes the United States does not try to stay away from any future crimes that Kyiv alleges planned.

“We really want to believe that this is not an attempt by our American colleagues, having obtained some information, to relieve ourselves of responsibility for preparing for future acts of terrorism. future of the Kyiv state,” Peskov said in a daily phone call with reporters.

“If this is not a fake, then it is very positive that US intelligence agrees to this,” Peskov said.

More background information: Ukrainian government officials did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. They had previously denied any Ukrainian involvement in the killing.

“The Kremlin has kept information from Russian special services since the beginning. The participation of the Ukrainian state in this act of terror, in the murder of this young girl, has been argued and pointed out by our special services,” Peskov said.

“Quite quickly, the people responsible were established, and it was clear enough who the customers were,” he said.

Russia’s security service, the FSB, released the name of the alleged attacker within two days of the assassination, saying she was working on behalf of Ukraine’s special services. According to the FSB later, she left Russia via Estonia by car. She has not been seen since.


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