Kirill Budanov insisted he has sustained multiple injuries during the protracted conflict in region
FILE PHOTO. Kirill Budanov. © Getty Images / Anadolu Agency / Gian Marco Benedetto
The head of the Ukrainian military’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR), Kirill Budanov, has claimed to have been wounded three times during armed hostilities in Donbass. The spy chief described the incidents in an interview on Thursday with Ukrainian media.
Budanov stated that the worst of his injuries was caused by an anti-personnel mine dispersing multiple fragments, one of which hit him near the heart. Aside from that, the spy chief claimed he received a gunshot wound to his elbow.
While the official did not elaborate on when or where the incidents occurred, he appeared to be referring to the years-long conflict between post-Maidan Ukraine and the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which preceded the ongoing hostilities between Kiev and Moscow.