September 26, 2022

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First war crimes trial against a Russian soldier in Ukraine: Accused of killing unarmed civilian

This tribute picture, released on February 14, 2022, pays homage to Russian soldiers (via the Russian Ministry of Defense / REUTERS) in a tank during the maneuver in Leningrad Oblast, Russia

Ukraine is set to launch its first war crimes trial in connection with the Moscow invasion of a 21 – year – old Russian soldier accused of killing an unarmed civilian.The Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday.

Vadim Shishimir is accused of firing an automatic rifle from the windshield of a vehicle and preventing a 62-year-old citizen from testifying about car theft.According to the prosecutor’s office.

When his convoy opened fire on northern Ukraine on February 28, Subakivka, along with four other Shishimar soldiers, stole a car outside the village.The statement said.

The victim was riding a bicycle nearby “One of the soldiers ordered the accused to kill civilians so he could not reprimand them.”According to the prosecutor’s office Irina Venedikova.

“That person died at the scene a few dozen meters from his home,” he added.

The UN Human Rights Council discussed the possibility of an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine.  United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.  May 12, 2022. REUTERS / Denis Balibous
The UN Human Rights Council discussed the possibility of an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine. United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. May 12, 2022. REUTERS / Denis Balibous

The soldier, who is in custody, faces off Life imprisonment for war crimes and premeditated murders.

The prosecution released a photo of Shishim, but did not say how he was arrested or what happened to the other players in the group.

Ukraine and its NATO allies have repeatedly accused Russian troops of doing so War crimes The invasion, which began on February 24, displaced millions of civilians.

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The United Kingdom, the Netherlands or France have sent investigators to assist local groups and the International Criminal Court to investigate possible atrocities in this war.

(With information from AFP)

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