First war crimes trial against Russian soldier in Ukraine: accused of murdering unarmed civilian

First war crimes trial against Russian soldier in Ukraine: accused of murdering unarmed civilian

Russian soldier Vadim Shyshimarin, 21, suspected of violating the laws and regulations of war, arrives for a court hearing, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in kyiv (Reuters)

Ukraine to hold its first war crimes trial following Moscow’s invasion of a 21-year-old Russian soldier accused of killing an unarmed civilianthe attorney general’s office announced Wednesday.

Vadim Shyshimarin is accused of firing an automatic rifle from a vehicle window and killing a 62-year-old civilian to prevent him from testifying about the carjacking., according to the press release. When his convoy came under fire in northern Ukraine on February 28, Shyshimarin joined four other soldiers and stole a car outside the town of Chupakhivka.says the press release.

The victim was riding a bicycle nearby and “one of the soldiers ordered the accused to kill the civilian so that he could not denounce them”according to the public prosecutor’s statement Iryna Venediktova. “The man died at the scene a few dozen meters from his home,” he added.

Sargeant shyshimarin21, is accused of shooting a 62-year-old Ukrainian man in the head in the city of Chupakhivka. He could be sentenced to life in prison. The incident occurred in the early days of the war, when the tanks advancing on kyiv suffered an unexpected defeat and their occupants retreated.

Vadim Shyshimarin, 21, is already sitting in court to determine whether he committed war crimes during Vladimir Putin's ordered invasion of Ukraine (Reuters)
Vadim Shyshimarin, 21, is already sitting in court to determine whether he committed war crimes during Vladimir Putin’s ordered invasion of Ukraine (Reuters)

shyshimarinmember of a captured unit, admitted shooting the civilian in a video released by Ukraine’s security service. they ordered me to shoot“said the soldier about the murder of February 28. “I shot him once. He fell and we carried on.

The declaration of shyshimarin It is “one of the first confessions of the enemy invaders“, according to the security services of Ukraine.

The trial coincides with the slowness of the campaign of Moscow to take control of the east of the country, although the invasion had wide repercussions beyond the battlefield.

The international community has accused Vladimir Putin's soldiers of committing numerous war crimes.  Private Vadim Shyshimarin is the first to appear in court in Ukraine (Reuters)
The international community has accused Vladimir Putin’s soldiers of committing numerous war crimes. Private Vadim Shyshimarin is the first to appear in court in Ukraine (Reuters)

The soldier, in police custody, faces a possible life sentence for war crimes and premeditated murder. The prosecution released a pixelated photo of Shishimarin but did not say how he was arrested or what happened to the rest of the soldiers in the group. Ukraine and its NATO allies have repeatedly accused Russian troops of committing war crimes in this invasion which began on February 24 and which caused the displacement of millions of civilians.

UK, Netherlands or France They sent investigators to help local teams and the International Criminal Court investigate possible atrocities in this war.

Slow Russian progress

Two and a half months after the actions of Moscow put its neighbors on alert, Finland’s president and prime minister announced on Thursday that the Nordic country should immediately apply to join the NATOthe military defense pact created in part to deal with the Soviet Union.

You (Russia) caused this. look in the mirror“, said the president, Sauli NiinistoThere are days.

Although Parliament has not yet given its opinion, the announcement means that it is almost certain that Finland You will submit your application, which will be accepted, although the process may take several months. Besides, Sweden is studying the possibility of applying for admission to the military alliance.

This would represent a major change in the European security landscape: Sweden avoided military alliances for over 200 years, while Finland opted for neutrality after being defeated by the Soviets Second World War.

Russian soldiers on a tank during maneuvers in Leningrad Oblast, Russia, in this courtesy image released February 14, 2022 (Russian Defense Ministry/Courtesy via REUTERS)
Russian soldiers on a tank during maneuvers in Leningrad Oblast, Russia, in this courtesy image released February 14, 2022 (Russian Defense Ministry/Courtesy via REUTERS)

The Kremlin has warned that it could take “military-technical” measures in retaliation.

The invasion caused a massive shift in public opinion in favor of NATO membership, fearing that countries bordering Russia would be its next victims.

Such an expansion of the alliance would leave Russia surrounded by the NATO in the Baltic and the Arcticwhich would mean a painful setback for the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, who has bet on the division and setback of the Alliance in Europe but sees the opposite happening.

NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenbergsaid the alliance would receive Sweden Yes Finland with open arms.

In the field, Russia has not made significant progress despite concentrating its forces on Donbass after withdrawing from other parts of the country, the Ministry of Defense Britain Friday.

Moscow lost objects “important“of at least one tactical battalion, with around 1,000 troops, plus equipment used to deploy a makeshift pontoon bridge when trying to cross the river Silversky DonetsWest of Severodonetskadded the British authorities.

Crossing rivers in a contested environment is a high-risk maneuver that shows the pressure Russian commanders are under to advance their operations in eastern Ukraine.they added in their daily report on the war.

In the face of relentless attacks, teachers are trying to regain some sense of normality. In Kharkovthe second largest city in the country, classes are held in a metro station that is home to many families.

This helps support them mentally. Because now there is a war, and many have lost their homes… some parents are fightingsays the teacher Valery Leikowho added that, thanks in part to these courses, “they feel that someone loves them”.

Primary school students joined Leiko around a table for history and art lessons in a subway station lined with children’s drawings that also serves as a bomb shelter.

Mykhailo Spodarets teaches Ukrainian literature online from the basement of his house. Anna Fedorikaone of her students said that her friends were struggling to keep up with the lessons due to problems with internet access, as well as the psychological pressure of the war.

It’s hard to concentrate when you have to do your homework with explosions near your window.“, he claimed.

For his part, the head of the Ukrainian army in the eastern region of Luhansk said on Friday that the previous day Russian troops had opened fire on residential areas 31 times and destroyed dozens of houses, including in the towns of Hirske Yes PopasnyanskaIn addition to a bridge Rubizhne.

The Russians advance Donbass It was slow but his troops conquered some territories and took several villages.

Separately, Ukrainian officials said another Russian vessel was shot down in the Black Sea, but Moscow did not confirm the incident and did not report any possible casualties.

Oleksi Arestovichadviser to the President of Ukraine, said that the logistics ship Vsevolod Bobrov She was badly damaged, although it is believed not to have sunk, while attempting to deliver an anti-aircraft system to Serpent Island.

(With information from AFP)

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