Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, and U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker pose for the photo ahead of their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Mykola Lazarenko/Presidential Press Service Pool Photo via AP)
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Ukrainian President Petro Porochenko defended staging the killing of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko to foil what Kiev said was an assassination plot by Moscow, saying in an interview published Tuesday that it was needed to "protect freedom of the press".Ukrainian police announced on May 29 that Babchenko was shot dead in Kiev in a contract-style killing, but the following day Ukrainian secret services held a news conference where the journalist appeared alive and well.Asked about an alleged list of 30 journalists targeted in Ukraine and the European Union by Moscow, Porochenko said he has not personally informed other governments but said secret services were cooperating with them.
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