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Ukraine, life imprisonment for first Russian soldier accused of war crimes

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Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, the first Russian soldier tried for war crimes in Ukraine, was sentenced to life in prison. Shishimarin, 21, pleaded guilty to killing Oleksandr Shelipov, an unarmed 62-year-old civilian shot in the head in the village of Chupakhivka in the Sumy region on February 28. During the trial that took place in the Kiev district court, Shishimarin apologized to the victim’s widow, Kateryna Shalipova, telling her that she recognized her guilt and asking her to forgive him. “I did not want to kill”, were the last words of the sergeant, while his defense attorney, Viktor Ovsiannikov, told the court that Shishimarin shot after refusing twice to carry out the order. Prosecutor Andriy Synyuk ruled that the defense arguments did not change the essence of the case. ” I sincerely repent. I was nervous at that moment, I didn’t want to kill … but it happened, “Shishimarin said. The soldier was found guilty of firing several shots with an assault rifle in the head of the victim, who was on a bicycle. He had to obeying the orders of his superior, Shishimarin defended himself, recalling that an officer had told him to shoot the man who was talking on the phone and that he could provide information on their location. Shishimarin and other Russian soldiers were on board a ‘car and they were running away from Ukrainian forces. “He deserves a life sentence for killing my husband”, was the response of Kateryna Shalipova, who had opened the possibility of freeing Shishimarin only if he joined a prisoner exchange ” with the defenders of Mariupol ” in order to save ” our boys ”, that is the Ukrainian fighters evacuated from the Azovstal steelworks.

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