The Head of Ukraine’s security service on Wednesday admitted it staged a “special operation” murder of Arkady Babchenko, a journalist, in order to foil an attempt on his life by Russia.
Babchenko, a prominent anti-Moscow journalist, was reported to have died from three gunshots to the back in the stairwell of his apartment in an apparent contract-style killing,
But less than 24 hours later, the supposedly dead journalist appeared alive at a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital.
“Thanks to this operation we were able to foil a cynical plot and document how the Russian security service was planning for this crime,” said Vasyl Grytsak, Ukraine’s security chief.
Ukrainian officials led by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman had accused Russia of being behind the killing of the Kremlin critic, a charge that Moscow batted back.