The Security Service of Ukraine or Служба безпеки України (SBU) is headquartered in a formidable well-guarded building in Kyiv. To passersby, the edifice appears to be just another dreary administrative office but two of the building’s three floors are occupied by the CIA. Could this be the reason why late last year a Russian missile left a deep crater in the park situated opposite? The SBU and CIA would be well aware that the coordinates of Russia’s armed forces rarely miss their target so was it a warning shot?
If so, fireworks again might be expected following the assassination of the popular Russian military blogger Vladlen Tatarsky on April 2. The target’s 500,000 ardent followers may wonder why in the present climate the high-risk Tatarsky wasn’t better protected than a wannabe celebrity.
Furthermore, the time and place of his assassination, although an obvious target, was less protected and more open to customers than a downtown fast-food joint. This gives rise to the suspicion that the Russian blogger’s murky past, which included a long prison term for a failed bank robbery in Russia, was a set-up.
If so, it could be a case of killing two or more birds with one stone: 1) A maverick is neutralized. 2) A known threat in the person of the assassin revealed as Ms Darya Trepova was immediately identified and arrested. An amateur agent, the Ukrainian woman notoriously flirted with Ukrainian anti-Russian activists.
The killer of Vladlen Tatarsky would have been easily identified by the Russian Secret Service (FSB). In fact, her arrest followed an easy investigation and she was caught and cuffed within hours of the assassination. Was she a fall guy?
Suspicion for this latest high-profile assassination would undoubtedly fall on the Ukrainian SBU formerly the KGB. All avenues of investigation led to their also being involved in the cold-blooded murder of Darya Dugina, daughter of a prominent pro-Russian intellectual, on 22 August 2022. Whatever the outcome, a potential Russian response will give the SBU sleepless nights.
It is known that Darya Trepova was undoubtedly acting on behalf of her Ukrainian handlers. So far, as the investigation continues, she has been charged with terrorism and illegal possession of explosive materials, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee as stated two days after the murder.
Trepova, who is known to have been “following the instructions of persons acting from the territory of Ukraine,” had presented Vladlen Tatarsky with an explosive-filled bust of himself. The wrapped ‘gift’ was presented at a lightly guarded St Petersburg café allegedly owned by the head of the Wagner Group which is playing a pivotal role in the Special Operation. The small hand-held statue detonated shortly thereafter, butchering Tatarsky (real name Maksim Fomin) and injuring over 30 others.
The female suspect now stands accused of committing a terrorist act while operating as part of an organized group, as well as of illegal trafficking of explosive materials. Under Russian legislation, Trepova faces up to 20 years in prison for these offenses if found guilty. The Investigative Committee has asked the court to place her in pre-trial detention.
According to Russian media reports, Trepova had kept in contact with her Ukrainian trainers for some time already. It is known that she had performed a series of errands for them for monetary reward. Apart from that, she was offered the opportunity to move to Kyiv and was promised an editorial position at an unnamed media channel.
In her defense the suspect has reportedly denied knowledge of the bust’s true nature, maintaining that she thought the figurine was merely a spying device and insisting she has been set up by her handlers. Admittedly, in the murky world of secret agents and taking into account that after handing the target the ‘gift’ she stayed in the room near the target, her defense is plausible.
There are claims by Western pundits that Tatarsky was a legitimate target but the fact is no one should be classed as a legitimate target of assassination. It is unlikely that any international protocol legitimizes human targets marked for assassination.
Whatever the intrigues that are part of all military conflicts the clear understanding is that Ukraine, supported by state actors, was responsible for the British-assisted attack on the Crimea Bridge, and numerous attacks on government and administrative utilities in Donbas using NATO weaponry. The evidence presupposes that Washington with other state actors was responsible for the sabotage of Nord Stream II on September 29, 2022.
Such then is the background to President Joe Biden’s inking an agreement to provide Ukraine with yet another $2.6 billion military aid package allegedly to fight drones.
Furthermore, Washington, which can’t even protect its own borders, has announced the transfer of yet another additional tranche of military assistance to Kyiv for $2.6 billion. The package will include, among other things, funds intended to combat Russian unmanned aerial vehicles.
According to the Washington Post, the package includes equipment from the stocks of the arsenals of the US armed forces for $500 million, which will be transferred to Kyiv immediately or in the near future, as well as $2.1 billion intended for the purchase of weapons under the special program “Initiative to promote the security of Ukraine” (Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative). The delivery of these weapons is expected within a few months.
The head of the US State Department, Anthony Blinken, tongue in cheek surely, claims that the new aid package “will allow Ukraine to continue to bravely defend itself against Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified actions.”
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