Ukraine sentences Russian soldier to life in prison for killing unarmed civilian


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Shishimarin, 21, announced at a hearing last week that he was sorry for what happened and justified his actions by “obtained orders”.

During the trial, Vadim Shishmarin listens to his translator.
During the trial, Vadim Shishmarin listens to his translator.natacha pisarenkoAP
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A Ukrainian court has sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life imprisonment for war crimes. Vadim Shishimarin is accused of killing a 62-year-old civilian who was riding a bicycle while talking on the phone.

Judge Serhi Agafonov said that EThe defendant fired multiple shots at the victim’s head with an automatic weapon, Shishimarin, dressed in a blue and gray hoodie, silently watched the trial and sentencing from a reinforced glass case in the courtroom and showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

Shishimarin declared at a trial last week that he expressed regret for what happened, pleaded guilty and asked for an “apology” to the victim’s widow, while justifying his actions by the “orders” received.

According to the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office, more than 12,000 investigations have already been opened for war crimes since the Russian offensive began on August 24, nearly three months ago.

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