It was reported that Babchenko, 41, died of his wounds in an ambulance on Tuesday after an unidentified gunman shot him in the back several times as he returned home after buying bread. "I've done my work", he said. "I'm sorry for making you live through this", he said. "There was no other option".
Babchenko left Russian Federation in February 2017 after receiving threats, living first in the Czech Republic, then in Israel, before moving to Kiev.
"I would like to apologize to my wife for the hell she went through in those two days".
Ukrainian officials asked him to participate in a sting operation to avoid being assassinated, he said.
Moscow hopes foreign partners and worldwide institutes will draw appropriate conclusions from the situation around the simulated assassination of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.
But Moscow, later Wednesday, condemned the staged assassination, the foreign ministry saying "now the true motives are beginning to be revealed for this staging, which is totally obviously yet another anti-Russian provocation".
Less than 24 hours earlier, Ukraine said the reporter had died from three gunshots to the back in the stairwell of his apartment building in a contract-style killing in a case that provoked an outpouring of grief and a diplomatic spat.
Ukrainian officials announced this afternoon Babchenko's death was a ruse organized by the police.
He said: "Four years ago General Kulchitsky wouldn't take me on his helicopter because there wasn't the space".
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Neither Babchenko nor Ukrainian Security Service chief Vasyl Gritsak provided details of how they staged Babchenko's injuries or made his wife believe he was dead. "Law enforcement couldn't fail to understand that news of Arkady Babchenko's murder would bring pain to thousands of hearts around the world".
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called Babchenko's status "the best news", lamenting that things do not always turn out this way.
Outside the apartment where Arkady Babchenko wasn't killed, people wept as though he was.
"We think this should attract very tough global reaction which will move the Ukrainian authorities towards active measures to resolve the situation", said Mr Peskov.
He later became a journalist and worked as a military correspondent for several Russian media outlets.
Its not clear whether Russian Federation was involved in the plot to trick Babchenko's enemies.
In a statement after news of Babchenko's apparent death, Russian lawmaker Yevgeny Revenko told state-owned RIA Novosti news agency: "Ukraine is becoming the most unsafe country for reporters". "Olechka, forgive me, but there was no other choice", he said.
Russian Federation is ranked 148 out of 180 counties on the World Press Freedom Index 2018, compiled by press freedom campaign group Reporters Without Borders.
Moscow's annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine were topics on which the journalist was scathingly critical of the Kremlin. Ukraine is planed 101.