President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that had known about the staging of the murder of journalist Arkadiy Babchenko. The president said this at the meeting with Babchenko broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"I think that today, millions of people already celebrate your third birthday...You know, the heart is shrinking when you see, as at the TV channels, in the offices, and as I saw reaction today - I knew everything about it, but nobody else in the Administration knew about this,” the president said.
It should be noted that the spokeswoman of the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko Larysa Sargan knew about the special operation and apologized on Facebook for spreading misinformation.
As it was reported earlier, as a result of the special operation conducted by Ukrainian law enforcers, the killer who received the order to murder Arkadiy Babchenko and the organizer of the murder were detained. Only a very limited circle of people knew that the murder of Arkadiy Babchenko was staged.
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.