The organizer of the “murder” of Russian journalist Arkadiy Babchenko planned to illegally purchase weapons and ammunition for the means of Russian special forces to further set a base on the territory of Ukraine, as Vasyl Hrytsak, the Head of SBU, said at the briefing, 112 Ukraine reports.
“Russian special service has set a task before the organizer – to illegally purchase weapon and ammunition for the means of Russian special service to further set a base on the territory of Ukraine,” Hrytsak said.
“The order, just think of it, was 300 Kalashnikov guns, hundreds of kilograms of explosives, unlimited quantities of cartridges, mortar shells and many other things. These all are documented in the private investigative search activity,” the representatives of SBU stated.
Vasyl Hrytsak, the Head of SBU, at the briefing stated the murder of Russian journalist Arkadiy Babchenko was ordered by Russian special forces. Ukrainian citizen was enlisted for that.
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 has lived in Kyiv, working as a TV host.
Russia reacted to the staged murder of Babchenko: the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal investigation, Russia’s Foreign Ministry demanded that Ukraine conducts an on-the-spot investigation of the journalist’s murder. Later, Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, doubted Ukrainian jurisdiction.