June 26, 2022

A Ukrainian courtroom sentenced a Russian soldier to life in jail on Monday for killing an unarmed civilian within the first warfare crimes trial arising from Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion.

Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old tank commander, had pleaded responsible to killing 62-year-old Oleksandr Shelipov within the northeastern Ukrainian village of Chupakhivka on Feb. 28 after being ordered to shoot him.

Decide Serhiy Agafonov stated Shishimarin, finishing up a “legal order” by a soldier of upper rank, had fired a number of pictures on the sufferer’s head from an computerized weapon.

Shishimarin, carrying a blue and gray hooded sweatshirt, watched proceedings silently from a strengthened glass field within the courtroom and confirmed no emotion as the decision was learn out.

The trial has big symbolic significance for Ukraine, which has accused Russia of atrocities and brutality towards civilians through the invasion and stated it has recognized greater than 10,000 potential warfare crimes.

Russia has denied concentrating on civilians or involvement in warfare crimes.

The Kremlin didn’t instantly touch upon the decision. It has beforehand stated that it has no details about the trial and that the absence of a diplomatic mission in Ukraine limits its skill to offer help.

(Modifying by Timothy Heritage)

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