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Russian soldier bags life sentence for war crimes

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Russian soldier bags life sentence for war crimes
Russian soldier bags life sentence for war crimes

In the first war crimes trial in Ukraine since the war began, a 21-year-old Russian soldier pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian.

A few days after the invasion began, Vadim Shishimarin admitted to shooting a 62-year-old man. He faces life in prison.

The prisoner was led into the Kyiv courtroom by heavily armed guards. He appeared nervous and bowed his head.

The widow of the man who was killed sat just a few metres away.

She wiped her eyes as the soldier entered the courtroom, then sat with her hands clasped as the prosecutor laid out his case, detailing the moment Kateryna’s husband, Oleksandr Shelipov, was shot in the head.

“Do you accept your guilt?” the judge asked. “Yes,” Shishimarin replied.

Credit: bbc