Ukraine begins its first war crimes trial since the Russian invasion


Ukraine has started its first war trial of a captured Russian soldier accused of killing a 62-year-old civilian within days of invading Moscow.

Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin, 21, was present in a small courtroom wearing a gray and blue tracksuit and was seen handcuffed as security officers escorted him into the room for the trial.

He was arrested for killing an unarmed 62-year-old civilian riding a bicycle on February 28.

The man, assigned as the commander of Kantemirovskaya Armored Division, is accused of shooting through a car window at the man in the village of Chukhakhivka, Sumy Oblast.

He was driving a stolen vehicle in the area and shot the civilian after receiving an order aimed at preventing Ukrainian civilians from learning about their whereabouts in the region, prosecutors said.

Aside from a few cases such as confirming basic details of his name in court, Mr Shishimarin reportedly did not speak much in court. He has yet to challenge the charges against him at trial.

According to his lawyer, Mr Shishimarin has confessed to killing the civilian but has not commented on whether he intends to plead guilty, he said The guard.

He spoke briefly to confirm his name and to confirm that he understood the charges against him, assisted by a Russian interpreter in court. “Yes, I understand,” he said.

If convicted of the crime, the Russian soldier who is in Ukrainian custody could face life imprisonment. The hearing will continue on Wednesday.

Ukrainian officials first announced on Wednesday the decision to start the war trial of captured Russian soldiers.

The office of Attorney General Iryna Venediktova said they are investigating more than 10,700 alleged war crimes committed during the invasion of the country. Ukraine has identified more than 600 suspects.

Prosecutor Andriy Synyuk said shortly after the first hearing that there would be “many of these cases”. Ukraine begins its first war crimes trial since the Russian invasion

Bobby Allyn

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