'I apologize for what you had to go through " During the news conference Wednesday, Babchenko thanked the Ukrainian security services for saving his life.
Then, at about 5:20 p.m., Babchenko reappeared in Kiev.
It's not clear exactly what his wife knew.
"Babchenko is a journalist not a policeman, for Christ sake, and part of our job is trust, whatever Trump and Putin say about fake news". "But I will not do it".
Authorities said his death had been staged to foil a plot on his life by Moscow's security services and one arrest was made.
Babchenko said, in turn, that the pay for his contract killing was set at US$40,000. "I took it when I received the passport", he gave details of the operation.
Pavel Kanygin, an investigative reporter with Russia's Novaya Gazeta liberal newspaper to which Babchenko contributed in the past, called his assassination "a terror attack" against journalists in both Russian Federation and Ukraine.
When a brief but bloody war broke out between Russian Federation and Georgia over South Ossetia in 2008, Babchenko went to the separatist region to cover the conflict as a correspondent for Novaya Gazeta, an award-winning opposition newspaper in Russian Federation. Investigators from Australia and the Netherlands last week blamed Russian Federation for the tragedy.
In early 2017, after spending years fearing he would be arrested, beaten, or worse, Babchenko left Russian Federation.
Anti-Kremlin Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was pronounced dead Tuesday.
On Tuesday night, shortly after 9 p.m., a family friend in a Facebook post relayed news of the assassination. She called the police and an ambulance.
"Putin's regime takes aim at those who can not be broken or intimidated", Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker and adviser to the interior minister, wrote on Facebook. Authorities said they suspected he was killed because of his work. News organizations went into overdrive.
The murder "was ordered by Russia's security forces", Hrytsak said on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).
For others, it was harrowing.
"Ukraine is becoming the most unsafe country for reporters", Russian lawmaker Yevgeny Revenko said in remarks carried by the state RIA Novosti news agency.