Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine
5 August 2020
Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Kyrylo Oleksiyovych Budanov (Ukrainian: Кирило Олексійович Буданов; born 4 January 1986) is a Ukrainian military leader who is the chief of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine since August 2020. Budanov previously served as the Deputy Director of one of the Departments of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine. He holds the rank of lieutenant general.
Youth and education
Budanov was born in Kyiv on January 4, 1986. He graduated from the Odesa Institute of the Ground Forces in 2007.
Following his 2007 graduation, Budanov started a military career in the special forces of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
In 2014, he took part in the Russo-Ukrainian War and was wounded several times. In 2018–2020, he participated in special operations, information about which is classified.
On 4 April 2019, Budanov's Chevrolet Evanda car was blown up by a Russian with documents in the name of "Alexei Lomaka", who planted a mine, but it detonated prematurely. The attacker and the sabotage group that was supposed to blow up Budanov were detained.
In 2020, he became Deputy Director of one of the Departments of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.
On August 5, 2020, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy appointed Budanov as head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense.
On March 11, 2022 he became the chairman of the Coordinating Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War. In September 2022, Budanov participated in the largest prisoner exchange operation between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, when 215 Ukrainian defenders returned home, including more than 100 fighters and commanders of the Azov Regiment.
In February 2023, the head of the Servant of the People parliamentary bloc, Davyd Arakhamia, stated that Oleksii Reznikov would be replaced by Budanov as defence minister. However, the replacement did not take place, and Budanov was not appointed.
On 21 April 2023, the Lefortovo District court in Moscow issued an arrest warrant against Budanov in relation to the 2022 Crimean Bridge explosion. Budanov commented on the warrant, stating, "I am pleased. This is a good indicator of our work, and I promise to work even better."
- Brigadier general (24 August 2021)
- Major general (3 April 2022)
- Lieutenant general (7 September 2023)
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