Members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle cooperated with Ukraine’s Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate, GRU chief Krylo Budanov told Ukrainska Pravda. The Moscow Times.
Major General Krylo Budanov, head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence ServicePhoto: USA TODAY Network / ddp USA / Profimedia
Asked if there were many such agents, he said, “There are,” but declined to specify their number. At the same time, Budanov said that recruiting them has become easier.
“As the situation in the Russian Federation worsens day by day, it becomes easier every day to find people willing to cooperate,” he explained.
The head of Ukrainian military counterintelligence says that those close to Buin agree to cooperate with the GUR because in this way they hope to ensure “the possibility of a normal existence in the future”.
Regarding the dangers of possible disinformation, Budanov said that “it is very easy to verify” and that intelligence believes “in facts, not in words.”
GRU spokesman Andrei Cherniak said agents in the Russian president’s entourage were working with Ukrainian intelligence “for their own benefit,” not because they were sympathetic to Ukraine or against the war.
“We found cooperation mechanisms even with those very close to Putin. These are beyond all suspicion, known supporters of ‘Great Russia’. Some are doing this to save their lives, some are doing this because they are losing money,” he said.
Contradictions in the Russian Army
Budanov also said that the head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, was responsible for the removal of General Sergey Surovykin from the command of the Russian army in Ukraine.
“As winter approached, I was not afraid of the report of a ‘special operation’ against Surovikhin. It consisted of checks, commissions, investigations and communicated these results in a proper form to the top leadership of Russia. They presented an image that Kherson was lost because of Surovikhin. He was responsible for the problems of drug addiction and alcoholism in the army. appeared,” Budanov said.
The head of GRu believes that Surovikhin is only guilty of recklessly spending missiles and reducing them to almost zero.
Regarding the conflict between the Russian Ministry of Defense and Yevgeny Prigozhin, the financier of the Wagner Group, Budanov noted that it “definitely benefits Ukraine.”
“The more fights and fierce conflicts they have within the system, the sooner our victory will come. I am ready to help both of them at the same time, precisely because they are destroying each other,” Budanov said.
Wagner Group founder Evgeny Prigozhin said on Thursday that Moscow would send much-needed ammunition to its troops, after a public outcry accused him of betrayal by the military leadership, Reuters reported.
General Kirilo Budanov was one of the main targets of the Russian secret services
Lenta, one of Russia’s most popular news sites, noted on Wednesday that Budanov had previously said there were agents in Russia preparing acts of sabotage and that the threat would remain “until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored.”
In an article published in late January by the American newspaper The Washington Post, Budanov was the target of at least 10 assassination attempts by Russian secret services before and after the outbreak of war, based on interviews with several sources. In Ukraine.
The Ukrainian general is believed to be surpassed only by President Volodymyr Zelensky in this episode.
Zelensky is believed to have survived more than 12 attempts to kill him by Russian forces since the start of the war.
According to sources cited by US media, Budanov is one of Russia’s main targets because the Kremlin holds him responsible for the destruction of the Kerch bridge linking Russia to Crimea in October last year.
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