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Ukraine sentenced Russian soldier to life in first war crimes trial

DW, 23 May 2022
A court in Ukraine has sentenced Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin to life in prison for the murder of an unarmed civilian.

It is the first war crimes trial in Ukraine resulting from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

During the four-day trial, the 21-year-old tank commander testified to shooting a 62-year-old man in the head, who was riding past them on a bicycle and talking on a phone, to prevent him from reporting the soldiers' presence.

The soldier said that he carried out the shooting on orders from his superiors. "I regret it. I regret it very much. I did not refuse and I am ready to accept any measures imposed," he said ahead of the verdict.

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