A Russian journalist was murdered in Kiev on Tuesday in an incident police believe is tied to his professional work, which was critical of what he considered President Vladimir Putin's war of aggression in Ukraine.
Ukrainian law enforcement later confirmed Babchenko's death. According to police, Babchenko's wife says she was in the bathroom when she heard what sounded like several loud claps. When she exited, she says she found her husband covered in blood. He apparently died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Babchenko was reportedly shot in the back three times in the entryway of his home after returning from a trip to the store.
The Kiev police said in a statement they believe Babchenko’s death is related to his work as a journalist.
Babchenko was a vocal critic of Russia’s intervention in eastern Ukraine, accusing Moscow of waging a war of aggression. In 2017, he left Russia and moved to Kiev, after receiving threats against his life. In Ukraine, he worked for the television network ATR.