But on Wednesday, an emotional Babchenko appeared before reporters saying he had been part of a special Ukrainian operation to thwart a Russian attempt on his life and said he was fine.
Babchenko had been reportedly shot in the back in his apartment in Kyiv on Tuesday, dying in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
The Associated Press reports Arkady Babchenko attended the event in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where the head of the Ukrainian Security Service, Vasily Gritsak, revealed that the agency faked Babchenko's death in an effort to find the individuals who were trying to kill him.
Babchenko, a prominent war correspondent, is extremely critical of Russia's annexation of Crimea, and was forced to flee Russian Federation in February 2017 because of threats to him and his family.
Ukrainian authorities have said they think Babchenko was killed because of his work.
In early 2017, after spending years fearing he would be arrested, beaten, or worse, Babchenko left Russian Federation.
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The prominent 41-year-old journalist was reported to have been shot dead in the stairwell of his apartment building in Kiev in an apparent assassination.
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Ukrainian lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on facebook that the journalist went out to buy some bread, and that the killer was waiting for him near his flat.
Arkady Babchenko was an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and a veteran of the Chechen wars. Babchenko was a well-known war correspondent and openly supportive of Ukraine.
Some of his articles and posts outraged many Russians.