A Ukrainian court sentenced life imprisonment to a Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin, He was charged with killing a 62 yrs old unarmed civilian in the first war crimes trial arising from Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion.
Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old tank commander, had pleaded guilty to killing 62-year-old Oleksandr Shelipov in the northeastern Ukrainian village of Chupakhivka on the 28th Feb after being ordered to shoot him.
Judge Serhiy Agafonov said Shishimarin, carrying out a “criminal order” by a soldier of higher rank, had fired several shots at the victim’s head from an automatic weapon.
Shishimarin was wearing a blue and grey hooded sweatshirt, watched proceedings silently from a reinforced glass box in the courtroom, and showed no emotion as the judgment was given by the Hon’ble Court.
The trial has huge symbolic significance for Ukraine, which has accused Russia of atrocities and brutality against civilians during the invasion and said it has identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes. Russia has denied targeting civilians or involvement in war crimes.
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