Ukrainian citizen Alexey Tsymbalyuk says he’s the man who was allegedly hired to kill the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. The news agency UNIAN identifies Tsymbalyuk as a veteran of Ukraine’s “Anti-Terrorist Operation,” meaning that he fought against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Tsymbalyuk complimented the work of Ukraine’s National Security Service, encouraging others to come forward, if they know about any murder plots.
According to Ukrainian officials, the man hired to kill Babchenko reported the murder plot to the authorities himself, working with investigators in a special operation to capture the organizer. The supposed hitman is described as a veteran of Ukraine’s war in the east.
At the time of this writing, no other sources have verified Tsymbalyuk's claim that he was the man hired to kill Babchenko.
A Ukrainian citizen named Boris German has been charged with plotting Babchenko’s murder and the deaths of dozens more people, supposedly on orders from Russian intelligence. German is the director of the “Schmeisser” Ukrainian-German arms manufacturer.