Ukrainian news website Strana.ua published
an as yet unverified list of 47 Ukrainian journalists and activists allegedly targeted by the would-be killers of journalist Sergei Babchenko. SBU representatives stated
that the Ukrainian security service had initiated a criminal investigation into the unauthorized leak of the "hit list," the authenticity of which they did not comment upon.
Authorities have taken measures to inform and ensure the safety of the 47 people listed on a possibly distinct roster which the SBU had discovered.
The purported leak occurred in the wake of the attempted killing of Babchenko, who explained the next day that his faked death was part of an SBU sting operation to catch those who had arranged for his killing. Ukrainian arms manufacturer Borys Herman was has since been arrested and charged with ordering the assassination, while the shooter, Oleksiy Tsimbalyuk, revealed that he had been working in coalition with the SBU.
The Hungarian parliament began debating a set of draft laws
, known informally as the "Stop Soros" bill, which would criminalize assistance to undocumented migrants in navigating the immigration system.
In other Ukraine news, President Petro Poroshenko signed
a bill that would create an independent Supreme Anticorruption Court. The measure has long been urged by the IMF and other international actors.
Czech President Milos Zeman reappointed
Prime Minister Andrej Babis for a second time after Babis' months-long struggle to form a government. This decision sparked mass protests in cities across the country, the latest in a series of popular demonstrations that began after the killing of a Czech journalist. Babis is currently under criminal investigation for embezzlement of European Union funds meant for small businesses.
A new coalition deal with the Social Democrats will be put to a vote on June 15.