Ukraine faked journalist's assassination to catch hitmen

Glen Norman
May 30, 2018

Babchenko, known as one of Russia's best war reporters, spoke about having to leave the country because of threats that he and his family would be harmed. That prompted President Vladimir Putin to annex Crimea and back a war on the two nations' border.

"The first version is his professional activity", said Kyiv police Chief Andriy Kryshchenko on the TV news channel 112, when asked what police suspected was behind the shooting.

The head of Russia's Human Rights Council said the council condemns the murder and will demand that Kiev conduct a thorough investigation. The line 102 received a message from the doctors: a woman called them and said that she had found her husband covered with blood in an apartment.

The Russian foreign ministry responded by saying that journalists were being killed with impunity in Ukraine. "Special apologies to my wife", he said.

The reports of Babchenko's assassination took off yesterday when his wife Olechka called the hospital after finding his bullet-ridden body in their Kiev apartment.

In Moscow, officials and MPs criticised Ukrainian authorities for their alleged failure to protect journalists.

Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker, wrote on Facebook that Babchenko had gone to a shop to buy some bread, but someone waiting for him near the entrance of his home shot him in the back several times.

"Ukraine is becoming the most unsafe country for reporters", Yevgeny Revenko said in remarks carried by the state RIA Novosti news agency. He left Russian Federation in February 2017 because he feared for his life, according to Reuters.

Some of his articles and posts outraged many Russians.

The plane, carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria in December 2016, killing everyone on board.

He moved to Kiev, where he worked for a Crimean television station and produced coverage critical of Russia's military actions in Ukraine.

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