First Russian soldier tried for war crimes in Ukraine pleads guilty


It is about an armored division commander who, while fleeing, after the unit he was leading was attacked, killed a 62-year-old man so he couldn’t give them away.

Ukraine puts a Russian soldier in the dock and it is the first time in the history of this country that a foreign soldier has been tried. A Kiev court on Wednesday opened the war crimes trial, the first of thousands of cases investigated by both the Ukrainian legal system and international bodies for this type of crime since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

The suspect is Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old soldier from Irkutsk, Siberia, who is accused of killing an unarmed civilian in northeastern Ukraine. Some of the offenses for which he has pleaded guilty and therefore risks a prison sentence of 10 years to life.

According to the charges, this uniformed man, commander of the 4th Kantemirov Panzer Division of the Moscow region, was leading a unit of the Panzer Division on February 28 when his convoy was attacked. Later, he and four other members of his team stole a car and dispersed in the Sumy region.

As they fled, they passed a 62-year-old man on a bicycle by the side of a road in Chupakhivka village. According to the letter from the public prosecutor, the accused shot the civilian on the orders of a partner to prevent him from betraying them. He was then captured.

The trial began last week and the defendant, who claimed to be ready to testify, took responsibility for the charges against him on Wednesday. The victim’s next of kin, who testified, were also in the courtroom.

This is the first case of alleged war crimes to reach the courts of the 11,000 studied by the Ukrainian legal system. Other entities such as the International Criminal Court and the UN Human Rights Council are investigating the atrocities committed in the 85 days the war in the east celebrates this Thursday. In addition, the US State Department announced the creation of a unit to document these crimes.

Source: La Verdad


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