Ukraine’s notoriously secretive intelligence service is scrambling to account for the whereabouts of spy chief Major-General Kyrylo Budanov who disappeared in early June. Russian sources have claimed that Budanov was left in a coma as a result of brain injuries suffered on a targeted strike on the headquarters of Ukraine’s military intelligence.
Early this month Budanov’s most recent appearance came in a well-known military advertisement by the Ukrainian military promoting their counteroffensive operations dubbed “Plans Love Silence.”
The 37-year-old Budanov rose quickly through the Ukrainian military’s ranks and was once thought of as a prospective defense minister contender.
Russia made Budanov a top target after a Moscow court issued a warrant naming the spy boss as an architect of the explosion on the Crimean Bridge in October of last year.
He sustained serious wounds in a missile strike on the headquarters on May 29, according to Russian authorities.
They initially claimed that he had perished in the assault, but later cited unverified sources in German media to assert that he was suffering from brain damage and was being treated at a hospital.
However, The Telegraph has reported that the young intelligence chief’s aides have said that he is “alive and well.” Despite this assurance, no recent pictures were offered to support their claim.
Budanovis regarded as inventive and ruthless, and he has been given considerable freedom over Ukraine’s military intelligence operations.
According to the Russian news outlet RIA Novosti, a member of the Russian security services claimed to have information from Ukrainian intelligence sources reporting that Budanov had been seriously injured in the strike.
According to the article, Budanov was hurt on May 29 during the Russian attack and was then flown to a military facility in Rzeszów, Poland, where a specially designed US evacuation aircraft showed up to take him to Germany.
The story ends by noting that Budanov is currently being treated in a hospital in Berlin and is in critical condition.
Even Flightradar maps were supplied by RIA Novosti to back up these assertions, which were meant to verify the purported “wounded” spy chief’s transportation.
Contrary to Russian claims regarding the bombing on May 29, Ukrainian military intelligence actually disseminated a video on that day.
In it, a beaming Budanov says in the video: “All those in the Russian Federation who still believe, believe or maybe dream that they could intimidate Ukraine,
“I want to upset you: everyone was and still is at their workplaces and continues to do their work.”
Additionally, Defense Intelligence has kept releasing films with Budanov to show his presence and well-being.
For instance, on June 11, a video depicted Budanov silently sitting down and appeared to show him to be healthy and alive.