October 3, 2022

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First trial for atrocities: life sentence for Russian soldiers

Status: 05/23/2022 1:24 pm

A Russian soldier has been sentenced to life in prison in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial. He confessed to shooting an unarmed man. His lawyer plans to appeal.

A Russian soldier has been sentenced to life in prison in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial. A court in Kiev has found that a 21-year-old tanker has been proven to have shot a 62-year-old civilian in the Sumi area. This is the first investigation into Russian atrocities in Ukraine.

According to the court, the crime took place on February 28 in the village of Subakivka, 60 kilometers southwest of Sumi. According to Ukrainian investigators, the soldier’s Russian convoy was previously attacked and chased.

A 21-year-old man from Siberia has pleaded guilty. A high-ranking official has ordered the shooting death of a Ukrainian man because he was talking on a mobile phone. The superior said that the positions of the Russian soldiers could be provided to the Ukrainian troops. He then shot him in the head, the soldier explained.

The soldier apologized to the widow

In court he apologized to the victim’s widow. In his final remarks he said: “I am sorry. I am very sorry. I do not deny, I am ready to accept any action imposed.”

The verdict is not yet final – the defendant’s attorney says he wants to appeal against it. He had demanded his release because the soldier had carried out an order and argued that he was not prepared for the “violent military conflict” and mass casualties suffered by the Russian military.

The culprit can be replaced

Shortly before the verdict was announced, the Kremlin said Moscow was looking for ways to help the accused. “Of course, we are concerned about the fate of our fellow citizens,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to the Interfox news agency.

It is assumed that the person could be transferred to Ukrainian prisoners in Russia. Like Ukraine, Russia has captured a number of soldiers.