Ukraine Denies Killing Putin Ally Dugin's Daughter: 'Not a Criminal State'

The Ukrainian government has denied any involvement in the Saturday night bombing that killed the daughter of a major Vladimir Putin ally.

Darya Dugina, 29, was killed in a car bombing on the outskirts of Moscow. She was the daughter Alexander Dugin, a man who has been described as an "ideologue" and Putin's leading propagandist. While unconfirmed at this time, it has been suspected that the bomb was meant for Dugin, as it targeted his car.

In the aftermath of the incident, Ukrainian officials have denied any involvement with Dugina's death, according to Pravda. As part of his role as a major propagandist for Putin over the past decade, Dugin is also considered one of the primary architects of the country's invasion of Ukraine.

"Ukraine definitely has nothing to do with this, because we are not a criminal state, which the Russian Federation is," Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said during a telethon on Ukraine's United News. "And even more so, we are not a terrorist state."

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The Ukrainian government has denied having any hand in the recent death of Darya Dugina, the daughter of Alexander Dugin, a major Russian propagandist and Putin ally. Above, a representational image of the Ukrainian flag above the parliament building in Kyiv. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

Podolyak further claimed that Russia is attempting to escalate tensions with Ukraine to justify a bigger, more explicit military rollout. He also claimed that the bombing could be related to conflicts between groups in Russia with differing political and ideological stances, Ukrinform reported.

Like her father, Dugina also worked as a propagandist for the Russian government and, according to Ukrinform, maintained a Telegram account that she used to voice support for the invasion of Ukraine. On Saturday night, Dugina had reportedly been attending a festival with her father and had been using his car when the bomb detonated.

"Dugin is on the U.S. sanctions list against persons guilty of aggression against Ukraine. Dugin is the founder of the ideological movement 'Neo-Eurasianism' and his political activity is aimed at creating a Eurasian superpower through the integration of Russia with the former Soviet republics into the new Eurasian Union," a report on the incident from Pravda explained. "Dugin is considered an ideologue of 'racism, called for the murder of Ukrainians. The international press calls Dugin 'Putin's Rasputin' or 'Putin's brain,' who helped shape Putin's view of Russia. Dugin was also the editor-in-chief of the propaganda Russian TV channel Tsargrad TV."

Russia's Investigative Committee branch in Moscow said that the investigation into the incident is ongoing, with Dugina's death being considered murder and forensic evidence being considered. Despite the lack of information, some Russian media figures, like Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief at RT, have called for retaliatory strikes against "decision-making centers" in Ukraine.

Newsweek reached out to Russian officials for comment.