Kyiv: A Ukrainian court sentenced a Russian soldier to life imprisonment for shooting a civilian in the head in a village in the northeastern Sumy region.
Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old soldier, was accused of shooting a Ukrainian civilian in the head. It is the first war crimes trial since Moscow declared war on Kyiv.
The Russian soldier pleaded guilty and testified that he was following orders. Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin told the court that another Russian officer had told him that the Ukrainian civilian, who was talking on his mobile phone, could disclose their location to the Ukrainian Army.
On Monday, May 23, the 21-year-old sergeant was handed a life sentence as he was convicted of shooting the Ukrainian man in the head through an open car window in a village in the northeastern Sumy region on February 28, four days into the Russian invasion.
Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating thousands of potential war crimes as the nation witnessed wide-scale bloodshed following the Russian invasion. The Russian forces bombed a theatre where civilians were sheltering and struck a maternity hospital. Streets were filled with bodies and mass graves were found in Ukraine’s Bucha after the Russian forces withdrew from the town.