He writes that the first Russian soldier to attempt war crimes in Ukraine was sentenced to life in prison Defender.
Vadim Shishmerin, At the age of 21, he was charged with the murder of an unarmed citizen during the first war crimes trial in Ukraine. He pleaded guilty to shooting dead a citizen, Oleksandr Shelipov, 62, on February 28 on the orders of a high-ranking official in the village of Siubahivka.
Judge Sergei Akafonov noted that Shishmer had executed a “criminal order” and shot the victim several times with an automatic weapon.
As in previous court hearings, the Russian soldier was in the courtroom in a box with exposed walls. He looked silent and did not seem excited to read the verdict.
The investigation was a milestone for Ukraine, which has accused Russia of atrocities and brutality against civilians during the invasion and has identified more than 10,000 war crimes.
Moscow has denied that Russian forces are deliberately attacking civilians or engaging in war crimes.
The Kremlin did not immediately comment on the verdict of the Shishmer trial. Earlier, the Russian president said he had no information about the investigation and that Russia had limited diplomatic assistance to Ukraine.
Vadim Shishimir pleaded guilty to the shooting death of an unarmed Ukrainian citizen and said he would accept any punishment.
He testified in court in Kiev that he was “nervous” and “did not want to kill” when he killed Ukrainian Alexander Shelipov.
From the defendants’ box, Shishmerin added: “I’m really sorry. I did not want it to happen, I did not want to be there, but it happened. I want to apologize again. And I will accept the punishment I will receive.
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