Pro-Moscow voices have vowed to strike Ukraine after they blamed Kyiv for a car bomb attack in the Russian capital which killed the daughter of a key ally to Vladimir Putin. Darya Dugina, 29, is the daughter of ultra-nationalist Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin.
Dugin has previously been described as “Putin’s brain” and even “Putin’s Rasputin”.
Russian investigators claimed Dugina died immediately “from an explosive device which had been placed under the bottom of the car on the driver’s side”.
Ms Dugina had been sanctioned by the British Government after the 29-year-old emerged as a “frequent and high-profile contributor of disinformation in relation to Ukraine”.
However, officials in Ukraine have denied any link to the alleged murder.
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Rejecting the claim, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “We should be aware that this week Russia may try to do something particularly nasty, something particularly cruel. Such is our enemy.”
Mr Zelensky’s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak added: “We are not a criminal state, like the Russian Federation, and moreover we are not a terrorist state.”
Pro-Kremlin outlets have urged Putin to take direct action against Kyiv following the car bomb incident.
TV pundit Margarita Simonyan said Russian missile strikes should target Ukraine’s “decision-making centres”.
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