The first Russian soldier to be tried for war crimes in Ukraine during the Moscow invasion was convicted on Wednesday, facing possible life imprisonment in Kiev.
When asked in court if he was convicted of the charges, including war crimes and premeditated murder, 21-year-old Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin answered “yes.”
He is accused of killing a 62-year-old civilian in northeastern Ukraine in the early days of the Kremlin’s offensive.
Shishimarin in the Siberian region of Irkutsk – wearing a blue and gray hoodie – sat in a glass case box in Kyiv District Court.
A young handsome soldier with a shaved head stared at the ground as a prosecutor read out charges against him in Ukrainian.
An interpreter was translating for him in Russian.
He is accused of killing the accused on a bicycle near the village of Chupakhivka in the East Sumi region on February 27th.
Prosecutors say Shishimarin was commanding a tank division unit when his convoy was attacked.
He and four other soldiers stole a car and were approaching Chupakhivkar when they came across a 62-year-old man on a bicycle, they said.
According to prosecutors, Shishimarin was ordered to kill civilians and used a Kalashnikov assault rifle to do so.
The Kremlin has previously said it was not informed of the case.
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