A dissident Russian journalist who was reported murdered in Kiev dramatically reappeared alive on Wednesday inside the middle of a briefing about his own killing by the Ukrainian state security service.
Ukrainian authorities had said on Tuesday of which Babchenko, a 41-year-old critic of President Vladimir Putin as well as also of Russian policy in Ukraine as well as also Syria, had been shot dead at his flat as well as also of which his wife had found him in a pool of blood.
His reported murder had triggered a war of words between Ukraine as well as also Russia as well as also sent shivers through the journalistic communities in both countries.
yet on Wednesday, an emotional Babchenko appeared before reporters saying he had been part of a special Ukrainian operation to thwart a Russian attempt on his life as well as also said he was fine.
“I might like to apologize for what you have all had to go through,” Babchenko, who looked on the verge of tears at times, told reporters.
“I’m sorry, yet there was no additional way of doing of which. Separately, I want to apologize to my wife for the Hell of which she has been through.”
He went on to thank the Ukrainian Security Service, the SBU, for saving his life as well as also said the most important thing was of which what he called additional big acts of terror had been thwarted. He did not specify what those planned acts were.
The SBU said of which had received information about the plot as well as also had managed to prevent of which.
Babchenko, a Putin critic, lived inside the Ukrainian capital after receiving threats at home for saying he did not mourn the victims of a Russian military plane crash.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said in a social media posting late on Tuesday he was convinced what he called “the Russian totalitarian machine” had not forgiven Babchenko for what Groysman called his honesty.
The Kremlin described such allegations as part of an anti-Russian smear campaign.
“This specific is usually the height of cynicism against the backdrop of such a brutal murder. of which is usually anti-Russian bluster instead of talking about the need to conduct a thorough, objective investigation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters before of which was revealed of which Babchenko was alive as well as also well.
Babchenko sparked a backlash in Russia for his comments in a 2016 Facebook post on a Russian military plane crash. He said his comments had resulted in thousands of threats, his home address being published online as well as also calls for him to be deported.
The plane, carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers as well as also orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria in December 2016, killing everyone on board.