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The first Russian tried for war crimes in Ukraine has been given a life sentence, the Kremlin wants to help him – HNonline.sk

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A Ukrainian court sentenced Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin to life on Monday. Shishimarin, 21, was found guilty of shooting a 62-year-old Ukrainian in the village of Chupachivka in northeastern Ukraine on February 28 at the behest of another Russian soldier. He himself confessed to the murder of a civilian on the first day of the trial. Shishimarin’s lawyer nevertheless stated that his client would appeal against the verdict. The court in Kiev was the first war crimes trial since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February. The act regretted Shishimarin on Friday, saying he regretted his act and did not intend to kill. “I’m sorry for what I did. I was nervous in that situation. I didn’t want to kill,” the young man with the shaved head added. A day earlier, he testified that he had acted on direct orders to shoot at a civilian so as not to reveal the presence of Russian soldiers. “I fired to give me (the other soldiers) peace,” he said. Shortly afterwards, the vehicle with Russian soldiers came under fire and the soldiers decided to surrender. According to the daily Ukrainian Truth, the court rejected the defense’s claim that Shishimarin was just following the order. He issued a soldier who was not Shishimarin’s commander, and the order itself was criminal according to the court. The pity of the court did not seem sincere either. Shishimarin was found guilty of violating martial law and customs. The young man also turned to the wife of the murdered man during the trial. He asked for forgiveness. According to Unian, Oleksandr Shapulin’s widow said in court that she was demanding a life for the occupier, but that she would not mind if the Russian soldier was exchanged for captured Ukrainian soldiers from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol. “If (Shishimarina) they exchange, even for our defenders from Mariupol, I will not be against, I will be for,” she said. Shishimarin’s fate The Kremlin is interested in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, who ordered the war against Ukraine 89 days ago, said today before the verdict that Russia would look for ways to help a soldier tried in Kiev. “Of course we are interested in the fate of our citizen,” said Dmitry Peskov, according to TASS. “The fate of every Russian citizen is of paramount importance to us,” he said. He added that Moscow, unfortunately, has virtually no way to defend the interests of the soldier on the spot, because the Russian embassies in Ukraine do not work. The Russian Ministry of Defense has not yet commented on the case, the BBC station noted on its Russian-language website. Moscow says Russian troops are not attacking civilians and aiming at civilian objects, although there is ample evidence to the contrary. Moscow rejected earlier war crimes allegations by Russian soldiers as hostile propaganda and denied the evidence staged.

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