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However, Aleksandr Bortnikov, the head of Russia's Federal Security Service, claimed such allegations are "nonsense" and a "provocation". The world's media, including Bloomberg News, reported the killing on Wednesday with details of previous assassinations and archive footage of the 41-year-old reporter who had been critical of the Kremlin.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said he was "relieved to learn that Babchenko' s murder was staged by Ukrainian police and that he is alive".

"Special apologies to my wife, Olechka, there was no other option", he continued.

"Everything is over from yesterday", Mr Babchenko said.

"I'm still alive", an uneasy-looking Babchenko said with a straight face.

The journalist said: "I'm still alive", then apologised to his family, including his wife, who apparently had been unaware of the plan.

Hyrtsak told reporters the Ukrainian security service had received information indicating Russian Federation wanted Babchenko dead, and that they conspired to fake Babchenko's death as part of a plan to capture the would-be killers. "We know some names but I won't name them".

As a result of the brilliant operation conducted by Ukrainian law enforcement officers, the killer who received the order for the murder of Arkady and the organiser of the murder has been detained.

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Higher crude prices are starting to affect demand, Daniel Yergin, vice-chairman of consultancy IHS Markit, had said on Friday. He was echoing concerns voiced a week earlier by the International Energy Agency, which advises major oil-consuming nations.

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News that the couple were very careful when it came to a public display of affection, it's believed they are now a proper item. Priyanka has generally remained tight-lipped on her relationship status and has never spoken about her private life.

Fuel prices hiked for 15th consecutive day
The fuel was sold at Rs 78.27 and Rs 81.26 per litre in Delhi and Chennai, up from Rs 78.12 and Rs 81.11 a litre on Sunday. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday advocated bringing fuel under the GST to curb the price hike.

Just hours before his staged death, Babchenko wrote on Twitter about his fortune back in 2014, when he was refused travel on a Ukrainian military helicopter.

"The important thing is my life has been saved and other, bigger terrorist attacks have been thwarted", he said. He had hired an associate who fought in eastern Ukraine on the side of Russian separatists to be the gunman. The Ukrainian man also was supposed to procure large quantities of weapons and explosives, including 300 AK-47 rifles and "hundreds of kilos of explosives", to perpetrate acts of terror in Ukraine, he said. Russian officials also criticized Ukraine for failing to provide adequate protection to journalists. Hrytsak said Russian Federation had sought to pay $40,000 for his death and that those behind the real assassination plot had been apprehended.

"I would like to apologise for what you have all had to go through", Mr Babchenko, who looked on the verge of tears at times, told reporters.

"There's one nuance - if somebody's shot now, nobody will believe it", noted journalist Mustafa Nayyem, who became a parliament member, told The Associated Press.

Babchenko is a journalist and war correspondent, who claimed to have been forced out of his native Russian Federation after receiving death threats.

Babchenko left Russian Federation in February 2017 after receiving threats, living first in the Czech Republic, then in Israel, before moving to Kiev.

A number of Kremlin critics have been killed in Ukraine in recent years, with one gunned down on a Kiev street in broad daylight and another whose auto exploded. His flight from Russian Federation came several months after he wrote in a Facebook post that he wasn't sorry members of a military band and state television journalists died in a plane crash on their way to Russia's military base in Syria.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said in a social media posting late on Tuesday he was convinced what he called "the Russian totalitarian machine" had not forgiven Babchenko for what Groysman called his honesty.


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