Ukraine's claims about Russia's involvement in the murder of reporter Arkadiy Babchenko are just the 'top of cynicism'. Dmitriy Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian leader Vladimir Putin said this while talking to the press on Wednesday, as RIA News agency quoted him.
'This is the top of the cynicism. Given such a brutal murder, they just go for a Russophobic wish-wash, instead of talking about a comprehensive investigation', he stressed, answering a reporter's question how the Kremlin reacts to Ukraine's statement on Babchenko's murder.
Earlier, the counselor of Ukraine's interior minister Anton Herashchenko said that the Ukrainian police will investigate the possible involvement of Russian special services in this case.
'It is clear that one of the lines of enquiry is the actions of Russian special services, aimed at eliminating those getting in the way of poisoning people's minds with the truth about what actually takes place in Russia and Ukraine', he wrote.
Arkadiy Babchenko is the Russian journalist, war-time correspondent and the writer. He served with the Russian regular army, surviving the combat action in both Chechen wars (the 1990s and 2000). Later, he prepared a number of reports during the armed conflict in South Ossetia in 2008. Since 2012, the Russian government has been prosecuting him for critical reports against the incumbent authority.
In 2017, he and his family left Russia due to constant threats. Since August 2017, he lived in Kyiv, working as a TV host.