Journalist Babchenko alive: His "assassination" was SBU's special operation

'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive at news conference

Arkady Babchenko was said to have been killed in his apartment building in the Ukrainian capital Kiev Tuesday.

Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist who had recently been reported dead in Kiev, showed up at a press conference Wednesday to reveal that he is actually very much alive. Here's how the story unfolded.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman posted on social media, referring to Babchenko's last Facebook post.

Video shared on Twitter by Radio Free Europe's Russian service shows his ATR colleagues rejoicing in cheers and disbelief at seeing Babchenko alive.

The journalist apparently did not tell his wife that the murder had been staged. "Olechka, I'm sorry, but there were no options here either".

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The journalist apologized to his wife, who had reportedly called the police when she found him bleeding. Authorities said they suspected he was killed because of his work. "I did my job and I'm still alive".

Babchenko had moved to Kiev in the fall after fleeing Russian Federation, where he was a prominent war correspondent who in recent years had become fiercely critical of the Kremlin.

Mr Babchenko said he was not allowed to go into the details of the sting operation, but said Ukrainian law enforcement had been aware of a contract on his head for two months.

Mr Babchenko, one of Russia's best-known war reporters, fled the country in February 2017 after receiving death threats.

Before the true fate of Mr Babchenko had been revealed, United Kingdom foreign secretary Boris Johnson tweeted that he was "appalled to see another vocal Russian journalist murdered". "Special apologies to my wife", he said.

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Babchenko left Russian Federation previous year and had told people that he feared for his life.

KIM: Well, he became quite well-known as a journalist in Russian Federation reporting on conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine, and he also became quite a vocal critic of the Kremlin, saying that President Putin was sort of using hatred as a way of consolidating the nation and starting new conflicts with Russia's neighbors.

"Andrei Soldatov, editor of the Agentura.Ru web site, said: ".to me, it's crossing a line big time.

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, condemned the murder of Ukrainian journalist Arkady Babchenko, which took place on 29 may in Kiev.

The head of Ukraine's security service Vasyl Grytsak said the set-up had foiled "a cynical plot and (allowed his officers to) document how the Russian security service was planning for this crime". USA Today reported Babchenko strongly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014, the country's backing off separatists in eastern Ukraine, and Russia's involvement in the Syrian civil war, where it backs dictator Bashar al-Assad.

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