"In order to better document the customers and organisers of the crime - the representatives of the Russian special services - they had to be assured that the hired killer had successfully completed the order".
"I know that sickening feeling when you bury a colleague", he added. "I'm sorry you had to go through this but there was no other way".
Babchenko told the news conference he had previously fled Russian Federation after receiving death threats. "Separately, I want to apologize to my wife for the Hell that she has been through". Yet Babchenko appeared alive and well at a police press conference on Wednesday, where confused reporters expected to receive updates about the "murder" investigation.
"I am outraged by this horrific act", Mr Desir said in an earlier statement.
A dissident Russian journalist who was reported murdered in Kiev dramatically reappeared alive on Wednesday in the middle of a briefing about his own killing by the Ukrainian state security service. According to the journalist, he was tipped off a month ago by a source who said Russia's Federal Security Service was plotting an assassination attempt.
When she turned on a broadcast of the press conference at which Ukrainian officials revealed the hoax, and Babchenko himself appeared, she couldn't believe her eyes.
"The actions apparently designed for a certain propagandistic effect have directly ended up in the entire world to be hoodwinked after it had responded lively to news from Ukraine on a journalist's killing", the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Babchenko made a name for himself with his poignant reportages from the frontlines, including the conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 10,000 people.
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Speaking to the media, Sheikh's father and uncle pleaded with the U.S. government to make schools safer for their students. A 17-year-old student has confessed to killing eight students and two teachers, and injuring 13 others.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described allegations by Ukrainian government officials that Moscow was behind the murder as "the height of cynicism" and said he hoped other countries would lean on Kiev to do more to protect journalists.
Its not clear whether Russian Federation was involved in the plot to trick Babchenko's enemies.
The journalist was 19 when he fought with the Russian army in Chechnya in the 1990s.
The planned attack was "organised from Russian territory" with the aim of "destabilising the situation in Ukraine" and "killing one whom Russia fears most of all", he said.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman posted on social media, referring to Babchenko's last Facebook post.
"I am confident that the Russian totalitarian machine did not forgive him his honesty and principled stance".
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.
As a journalist, he criticized his country's annexation of Crimea and the Kremlin's support for separatist Ukrainian rebels. Ukraine is planed 101.