07:17 GMT13 April 2021
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    Utter confusion reigned on social media following the news of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had been reported shot and killed in Ukraine on May 29, actually being alive.

    Mr. Babchenko turned up at a news conference on May 30 to the surprise of the international community and media alike. According to Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, the journalist's death was faked to catch those who were trying to kill him.

    READ MORE: 'Murdered' Russian Journalist Speaks at Briefing of Ukraine's Security Service

    Reactions poured from social media users, amid the unexpected revelation Babchenko showing at the conference in Kiev.  

    Reports of Babchenko's death came in on Tuesday, with high profile politicians and the journalist's friends and colleagues reacting to the news of the murder. 

    During the press conference, Mr. Grytsak told the audience that the "organizer of this crime" was detained in Kiev. He also accused the Russian security services of recruiting a Ukrainian national to kill Mr. Babchenko. 

    The Russian Foreign Mministry has reacted to the staged death, saying that they were happy Mr. Babchenko had turned out to be alive after all. The Ministry however noted that Ukraine has used his story as propaganda.

    Prior to the latest development, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called Ukraine's accusations against Russia cynical


    "Murdered" Russian Journalist Babchenko Alive, Speaks on Ukrainian TV (VIDEO)
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