A Russian citizen, a “host on one of TV channels”, has been killed in the Ukranian capital, according to local police. Several media outlets identified the man as journalist Arkadiy Babchenko.
The man, who sustained a gunshot wound, was found in his own apartment by his wife, who called the emergency services, the police said. The victim was reportedly rushed to a hospital, but died in an ambulance, according to the Ukrainian media.
The police believe his journalistic activities are the main motive behind the killing, but will investigate other versions as well, Kiev police chief Andrey Krischenko told Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
“The first and the most evident version is his professional activities,” the official said, adding that Babchenko’s “personal life and conflicts not related to the professional area” will be investigated.
The police have already ruled out suicide, Krischenko said.
Ukrainian law enforcement have opened a criminal case over the journalist’s murder, according to the police press service. In the meantime, the Russian Investigative Committee has launched its own investigation into Babchenko’s death. Russia’s high commissioner for human rights, Tatiana Moskalkova, promised to address Ukrainian authorities, urging them to pay special attention to the investigation of the journalist’s murder.