Ukraine faked death of Russian journalist

Arkady Babchenko

The Associated Press reports Arkady Babchenko attended the event in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where the head of the Ukrainian Security Service, Vasily Gritsak, revealed that the agency faked Babchenko's death in an effort to find the individuals who were trying to kill him.

"It is anti-Russian bluster instead of talking about the need to conduct a thorough, objective investigation", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters before it was revealed that Babchenko was alive and well.

Mr Babchenko, 41, was found bleeding at the entrance to his block of flats by his wife and died in an ambulance.

"I'm sorry, but there was no other way of doing it", Mr Babchenko said during Wednesday's conference. According to the SBU, he was going to organize killings of 30 Russian citizens in Ukraine on Russian special services' order, with Babchenko being the first one.

Babchenko, a veteran Russian war correspondent, was shot three times in the back as he left his apartment to buy bread. The incident killed all 92 passengers on board, including the members of a renowned Russian military choir and several staffers for state news agencies.

He also thanked the Ukranian Security Service for saving his life.

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Babchenko told RFE/RL in December 2016 that "all of the elements" of Russia's state "propaganda machine" were engaged against him after he posted comments to Facebook about the crash of a Russian military plane in the Black Sea.

Arkady Babchenko, a critic of Vladimir Putin, was reported to have been shot dead and there were pictures released from the scene.

Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist who voiced criticism about Russia's "wars of aggression" in Georgia, Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and Syria, was reportedly shot in the back at his Kyiv apartment on Tuesday.

Ukrainian police circulated the Babchenko killer's suspect sketch showing 40-45 years old man with grey beard. "Now, for the most part, the people that Russians hate-it's all of you".

Kiev has in recent years seen a number of deadly attacks on high-profile journalists and politicians.

"I am outraged by this horrific act", Desir said in an earlier statement.

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