Killing Wagner group chief is a ‘priority’ admits Ukraine’s intelligence service

A top Ukrainian military intelligence chief has admitted his priority is killing the Wagner group's Yegevny Prigozhin.

Vadym Skibitsky, the deputy head of Ukraine's Main Intelligence Directorate, brazenly told German newspaper Die Welt: “We’re trying to kill him.”

He was quick to note that Russia’s despotic leader Vladimir Putin is still at the top of Ukraine’s kill list, justifying this by saying: “He coordinates and decides what happens.”

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He added that Ukraine wasn’t simply looking to take down the top level leadership of Russia, instead also choosing to go after everyone who has propped up the regime.

“In the end, everyone will have to answer for their actions. Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu planned the attack and now they cannot turn back,” he said.

“We are at war and these are our enemies. If an important figure manufactures and finances weapons for [Russia], then his elimination would save the lives of many civilians.

"According to international conventions, this is a legitimate goal.”

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Skibitsky’s comments were published on the same day that theNew York Times reportedthat US intelligence circles believe that a major direct drone attack on the Kremlin earlier this month was likely orchestrated by one of Ukraine’s special military or intelligence units.

The drone attack saw two drones being flown into the top of the Kremlin Senate building in Moscow, Russia, early this month.

A small explosion was taped and shared on social media.

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Ukrainian officials officially denied it, with presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak saying in the immediate aftermath of the attack: "Of course, Ukraine has nothing to do with drone attacks on the Kremlin.

“We do not attack the Kremlin because, first of all, it does not resolve any military tasks.”

But American intelligence officers said that chatter picked up from Ukrainian officials who believed they were responsible for the attack.

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