First Russian soldier to be tried in Ukraine for war crimes | Ukraine

First Russian soldier to be tried in Ukraine for war crimes |  Ukraine

A court in Kyiv is set to hear the first war crimes trial since Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine when a Russian soldier accused of the murder of a 62-year-old civilian appeared in the dock on Friday.

The turning point comes as the number of crimes recorded by Ukraine’s Attorney General surpassed 11,000 and Unicef ​​reported that at least 100 children were killed in the war in April alone.

The accused, who will appear before the Kyiv district court, is Vadim Shysimarin, a 21-year-old commander of the Kantemirovskaya Armored Division who is currently in Ukrainian custody.

It is alleged that Shysimarin, a sergeant, was fighting in the Sumy region of north-eastern Ukraine when he killed a civilian in the village of Chupachivka on February 28.

He is accused of shooting at a civilian car after his convoy of military vehicles was attacked by Ukrainian forces. He then drove the car away with four other soldiers as he tried to flee Ukrainian militants.

Shysimarin shot dead the unarmed man, who was sitting on a bicycle and talking on the phone, after he was ordered to “kill a civilian lest he report him to Ukrainian defenders,” according to prosecutors.

The crime is said to have occurred “tens of meters” from the victim’s home and was committed with an AK-74 rifle.

The case was brought before a criminal court this week. “He is here [in Ukraine]we have him,” Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said Tuesday from her heavily fortified headquarters in Kyiv.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said: “Prosecutors and investigators from the SBU [Ukrainian secret services] have amassed sufficient evidence of his involvement in violating the laws and customs of war in connection with premeditated murder. For these acts, he faces 10 to 15 years imprisonment or life imprisonment.”

Two other cases are likely to be heard in court within days, including a trial in absentia against Mikhail Romanov, a Russian soldier accused of rape and murder. He is accused of breaking into a house in a village in the Brovarsky region of Kyiv in March, murdering a man and then repeatedly raping his wife while “threatening her and her minor child with violence and weapons”.

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