U.S. intelligence agencies believe the Ukrainian government authorized a car bombing near Moscow in August that killed Daria Dugina, the daughter of a prominent Russian political scientist, the New York Times reports.
According to the Times, the U.S. had no involvement in Dugina's murder and had no prior knowledge of it. U.S. officials later rebuked Ukrainian officials for the murder.
Dugina, 29, was killed Aug. 20 when her Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle was blown up.
After the murder, Ukraine denied any involvement, and Russia's Federal Security Service accused Ukraine's security services of being involved.
"The involvement of the Ukrainian state in this terrorist attack, in this murder of a young girl has been argued and proved by our special services," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.
Peskov said the Times publication was positive in the sense that U.S. intelligence agreed with Russia on who was behind the murder.
U.S. officials cited by the Times did not disclose exactly who in the Ukrainian government authorized the attack, who carried it out or whether President Vladimir Zelensky agreed to the mission.
The New York Times reported that some U.S. officials suspected that the actual target of the murder was Dugina's father.