'Dead' Russian journalist shows up alive at Ukrainian news conference

31 May, 2018, 21:00 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Sergei Bobylev  TASS

On Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said Babchenko had been shot dead and that his wife had found him in a pool of blood. He in turn had hired a gunman.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov previously described allegations by the Ukrainian government as "the height of cynicism" and called for other countries to push Kyiv to offer better protection for journalists as they were being killed "with impunity". "I've buried my own friends and colleagues many times myself". "I'm sorry you had to go through this but there was no other way", he said. He fled the country in February 2017 after receiving death threats against him and his family. He apologized to her "for the hell she had to go through in the past two days".

"Appalled to see another vocal Russian journalist, Arkady Babchenko, murdered", Johnson said on Twitter.

Ukraine and Russian Federation traded accusations after Babchenko was reported to have been shot dead in Kiev, in a killing that sent shivers through the journalistic communities in both countries.

Another praised the Ukrainian-led operation for purportedly finding the killer who received orders to murder of Babchenko - the same reason Ukrainian security services gave for the stunt. According to the journalist, he was tipped off a month ago by a source who said Russia's Federal Security Service was plotting an assassination attempt.

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"I did my job and I'm still alive", he added.

Police claimed the would-be assassin has now been seized as a result of the operation, having been ordered to execute experienced war reporter Babchenko for $70,000.

"Law enforcers could not fail to understand that the news of the murder of Arkady Babchenko would be a pain in thousands of hearts around the world".

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was happy Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko had turned out to be alive but said Ukraine had used his story as propaganda.

"We think this should attract very tough global reaction which will move the Ukrainian authorities towards active measures to resolve the situation", said Mr Peskov.

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Babchenko's work is critical of the Kremlin's policies, assailing Moscow's annexation of Crimea, its support for separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine and the Russian campaign in Syria. It was not immediately clear if she had been involved in the plot or not.

No stranger to death, Babchenko served in the Russian army during Chechnya's two wars for independence, after which he wrote a powerful memoir about the everyday brutality of conflict before turning to journalism, writing about war for a range of Russian publications.

The planned attack was "organised from Russian territory" with the aim of "destabilising the situation in Ukraine" and "killing one whom Russia fears most of all", he said. "Olechka, forgive me, but there was no other choice", he said.

He moved to Kiev last autumn, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station ATR.

The astonishing turn of events brought harsh criticism from Russian Federation and the global media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders. Ukraine is planed 101.

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He had served in the Russian army during the two wars in Chechnya in 1990s and became one of Russia's best-known war reporters. It not immediately clear whether Babchenko's wife and friend were aware of the security operation.

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