Russian Tank Commander Sentenced To LIFE For Killing Ukraine Civilian


Russian Tank Commander Sentenced To LIFE For Killing Ukraine Civilian

A Russian soldier was
sentenced to life in prison on Monday for killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian
in the first war crimes trial since the invasion.

Vadim Shishimarin, 21, a tank
commander, was found guilty by a district court in Kyiv of killing a
62-year-old civilian in Ukraine’s northeastern Sumy region.

Last week, Shishimarin pleaded
guilty to the killing but said he was acting on orders.

Shishimarin “fired several
shots through the open window of the car with a Kalashnikov rifle into the head
of the victim,” according to the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office. “The
man died at the scene just a few dozen meters from his home.”

According to televised footage
from the courtroom, Shishimarin remained silent in a glass box with his hands
behind his back as the verdict was delivered.

Shishimarin’s lawyers said
they would appeal.

This was the first war crimes
trial in Ukraine since the start of Russia’s invasion in February. Last week, a
court in the central Poltava region began hearing a case involving two Russian
soldiers accused of shelling civilians in the Kharkiv region. The soldiers have
pleaded guilty.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry
Peskov said minutes before the verdict was announced that Russia was
“concerned” about the fate of its citizen, but it has “practically no
opportunities” to protect him since the activities of Russian diplomatic
missions in Ukraine have been suspended.

“But this does not mean that
we will not consider the possibility of continuing attempts through other
channels,” state news agency TASS quoted Peskov as saying.

Last week, the prosecutor
general’s office said Kyiv has registered over 12,000 suspected war crimes
committed by Russian troops, as well as almost 6,000 crimes against national security.

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