In kyiv, a first Russian soldier tried for war crime

The facts would have occurred on February 28, 2022, four days after the start of what Vladimir Putin describes as a “special operation” conducted in Ukraine. Vadim Shysimarin, commander of the Kantemirovskaya Armored Division, is accused of having committed premeditated murder while fighting in the small town of Chupakhivka in northeastern Ukraine. The victim, whose name has not been released, was 62 years old, says the Guardian.

The facts allegedly occurred when, cornered by Ukrainian forces, Shysimarin and four other soldiers tried to flee in a car. This 21-year-old soldier then allegedly fired an AK-47 at the 60-year-old, who was on his bicycle, on the phone. The man had no weapon and obviously posed no danger.

Vadim Shysimarin was heard yesterday at the kyiv court as part of a preliminary hearing, and will be brought before the court again on Wednesday May 18. According to his lawyer, the soldier would have admitted to having killed the victim, but would still hesitate to plead guilty.

The first of a long series

This is the first war crime trial since the start of the war in Ukraine by Russia, and it is probably only the beginning: according to the Guardian, the Ukrainian prosecutor general would have counted more than 11,200 crimes committed in this war. He also provides this figure which also freezes the blood: in April alone, at least 100 children would have been killed.

Speaking to the Ukrainian people on Thursday, Volodymyr Zelensky also provided figures that worsen the Russian record. The President of Ukraine reported 570 destroyed health facilities, including 101 hospitals. “What purpose? It’s nonsense. barbarism.”

Another preliminary hearing should take place in the coming days: it concerns two Russian soldiers who allegedly used a rocket launcher on houses and civilian buildings in the village of Kozacha Lopan, not far from Kharkiv. The same individuals would also have struck a “educational institution” in the town of Derhachi, and would have multiplied the non-military targets throughout their advance in the district of Kharkiv.

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The Guardian finally cites the case of Mikhail Romanov, a Russian soldier who broke into a house in the Brovary region, in northern Ukraine. He then allegedly killed the owner of the premises and raped his wife on several occasions, threatening her and the couple’s children with weapons. A second soldier, accused of having raped the same woman, will also be brought before the courts.

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