The first war crimes trial… Kyiv investigated a Russian soldier

In the first domestic trial of its kind, Ukraine intends to prosecute a 21-year-old Russian soldier for a war crime, in light of the ongoing Russian military operation on its soil since February 24, according to what the Kyiv Prosecutor announced

In a statement, the Prosecutor’s Office, Irina Venediktova, said that Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin is accused of shooting with a Kalashnikov rifle from the window of a car in which he was, killing a 62-year-old civilian who was not armed.

In a car they stole

The statement, according to what AFP reported today, Thursday, that the accused soldier was traveling with four other Russian soldiers in a car they stole near the village of Chubakhivka after their convoy was attacked on February 28, noting that the civilian, whose identity was not identified, was on a motorcycle. On the edge of the road close to his house.

The office also indicated that “one of the soldiers ordered the accused to kill the civilian so that he would not betray them,” adding that “the man was killed on the spot, only a few dozen meters from his house.”

From Kyiv (archive – Reuters)

In addition, the Public Prosecutor published a picture of the accused without explaining the circumstances that led to his arrest, and without explaining what happened to the other soldiers who were in the place when the facts occurred.

life sentence

This arrested soldier faces life imprisonment if convicted of a war crime and premeditated murder, but the trial date has not yet been set.

It is noteworthy that the Office of the Prosecutor had previously announced that it had reported more than 10,700 incidents amounting to war crimes, affecting 622 suspects.

Shortly after the start of the Russian operation, Kyiv and Washington repeatedly accused the Russian forces of committing war crimes during the military offensive that displaced about six million civilians, both inside the country and abroad.

Russian Army (AP)

A number of civilians who fled outside the country also reported acts of torture, sexual abuse and indiscriminate destruction.

While Moscow denies these accusations, stressing that the aim is to distort the image of the Russian forces.


Source: الحرية نيوز by alhoreyanews.com.

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