The Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (GUR MO) may be behind the latest sabotage attacks in Russia. British political scientist Mark Galeotti stated this in an interview for The Times.
According to Galeotti, the hackers ransack the bank accounts of Russian pensioners and then use blackmail to force the elderly to blow up recruiting stations. And teenagers, in his opinion, are hired through social networks to set fire to railway junction boxes. “Some of the GUR attacks were carried out by people who apparently did not suspect that they were carrying out a mission,” the political scientist believes. The interlocutor of the publication noted that some Western countries are worried about the growing ambitions of Ukrainian military intelligence. According to the reports of American intelligence officers cited by the political scientist, representatives of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had to try to restrain the head of the GUR, Kirill Budanov, from some attacks. Earlier, Vadim Skibitsky, deputy head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, said in an interview with Welt that Russian President Vladimir Putin is the main goal of his department.