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Ukraine warfare crimes trial: Russian soldier sentenced to life in jail for killing civilian

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A 21-year-old Russian soldier has been sentenced to life in jail Monday in Ukraine’s first warfare crimes trial since President Vladimir Putin’s military invaded the nation months in the past. 

Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin pleaded responsible final week to capturing a 62-year-old man within the head in a village within the northeastern Sumy area within the early days of the warfare. 

Shishimarin testified that he shot Oleksandr Shelipov with an AK-47 on Feb. 28 after being ordered to take action.  

Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin listens to his translator during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday, May 23.

Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin listens to his translator throughout a courtroom listening to in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday, Might 23.
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He informed the courtroom that an officer insisted that Shelipov, who was talking on his cellphone, might pinpoint their location to Ukrainian forces. 

RUSSIAN SOLDIER ON TRIAL FOR WAR CRIMES BEGS FOR FORGIVENESS 

“I do know that you just will be unable to forgive me, however nonetheless I ask you for forgiveness,” Shishimarin stated final week previous to the sentencing. 

Russian army Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen behind a glass during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday, May 18. 

Russian military Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen behind a glass throughout a courtroom listening to in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Might 18. 
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Shelypov’s widow, Kateryna, had traveled roughly 5 hours to Kyiv to see the trial, in line with the Each day Mail. 

“He ought to rot in jail, and spend the remainder of his days eager about what he has carried out,” she reportedly informed the outlet. “I got here to see him in particular person. He regarded like a toddler, however nonetheless he’ll get his punishment.” 


Sitting behind a glass, Russian army Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, talks with his translator, center right, during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday, May 18.

Sitting behind a glass, Russian military Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, talks along with his translator, middle proper, throughout a courtroom listening to in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Might 18.
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Shishimarin is certainly one of many Russian troopers who Ukraine expects to prosecute within the coming months.  

Ukrainian Prosecutor Basic Iryna Venediktova has said that her workplace is pursuing instances in opposition to 41 Russian troopers on fees of killing civilians, rape and others, in line with the G3 Field Information. 

G3 Field Information’ Anders Hagstrom and the G3 Field Information contributed to this report. 

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