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Russian soldier sentenced to life in prison for war crime

O soldado russo, Vadim Shishimarin, participa de uma audiência no tribunal distrital de Solomyansky, em Kiev, Ucrânia, 23 de maio de 2022.
Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin attends an audience at the Solomyansky District Court, Kiev, Ukraine, 23 from May of 2022.| Photo: EFE/EPA/OLEG PETRASYUK

Vadim Shishimarin, Russian soldier from years on trial for war crimes, he was sentenced to life imprisonment this Monday (05). He was found guilty in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial.

According to the BBC, the judges reinforced that the victim, Oleksandr Shelipov, “posed no threat” and therefore should not have been the target of any armed threat, “in violation of international conventions”.

In court, Shishimarin pleaded guilty to the death of an unarmed civilian of 62 years ago, in Chupakhivka, a village in northeastern Ukraine, in 28 of February. “I recognize that I am guilty. I ask you to forgive me”, declared the soldier to the widow Kateryna Shalipova.

According to the Ukrainian justice, “one of the military ordered the defendant to kill the civilian so that he would not report them”. In early May, Ukrainian authorities announced the arrest of the Russian fighter, releasing a video in which Vadim Shishimarin claimed to have gone to Ukraine to fight to “financially support his mother”.

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