The search query “Kyrylo Budanov died” surged in search trends on June 3, 2023. Internet users are verifying the information to find out if the Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, has indeed passed away.
There are also search queries trending for “Kyrylo Budanov killed” and “Kyrylo Budanov died.”
News about Kyrylo Budanov is appearing in the Telegram channel of the Main Intelligence Directorate. The latest message personally from Budanov was published there on May 29, 2023. It is a video with an address from Budanov.
As of June 3, 2023, there are no official messages, news, or statements indicating that anything has happened to Kyrylo Budanov.
In the evening, a message appeared in the Telegram channel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine, from the Ukrainian Center for Countering Disinformation, where information about the death of Kyrylo Budanov is refuted.
“Fake! Russian propaganda, posing as Ukrainian media, is spreading news about the death of Kyrylo Budanov,” the message says.
It is noted that according to the fake reports, the head of the Ukrainian intelligence “died” from a recent missile strike, and preparations for his burial are already underway at the National Center “Ukrainian House.”
“In reality! The news about the “death” of the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate is another enemy’s information “throw-in.” After the unsuccessful information campaign about the alleged death of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valeriyi Zaluzhny, and the Commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrsky, Russian propaganda is once again trying to sow panic among the population by spreading such a fake. Trust only verified sources of information!” the message says.