Russian citizen Arkady Babchenko, a journalist and TV host, was shot dead in Kiev Friday. Ukraine's Interior Ministry reported the killing in a statement on its Facebook page, APA reports quoting Sputnik.
It was Ukrainian social media that first reported that the victim was Babchenko.
"The incident took place on the Nikolsko-Slobodskaya street in the Dnieper district of the capital. The line 102 received a message from the doctors: a woman called them and said that she had found her husband covered with blood in an apartment. The victim has died from the received wounds, preliminary inflicted on his back. The dead person is a Russian citizen born in 1977 who is a host at one of the TV channels," the Interior Ministry stated.
The statement indicated that police were headed to the scene.
Interior Ministry board member Anton Herashchenko confirmed that Babchenko had been shot several times in the back in a stairway and died of those wounds.
The head of Russia's Human Rights Council said the council condemns the murder and will demand that Kiev conduct a thorough investigation. Russia's Investigative Committee has also launched an investigation.