Russian soldier Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting dead an unarmed 62-year old civilian on 28 February.
Shishimarin was with four other Russian soldiers in a stolen car and were fleeing after they were targeted by Ukrainian forces in the northeastern village of Chupakhivka.
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The soldier shot the civilian in the head with a Kalashnikov assault rifle whilst Oleksandr Shelipov, was pushing a bicycle on a road whilst making a phone call.
⚡️ En Ukraine, un tribunal a condamné Vadim Shishimarin, un militaire russe de 21 ans, à la réclusion à perpétuité pour avoir tué un civil. pic.twitter.com/FiqlwZ3pmE
— mustapha hida (@mustaphah64) May 23, 2022
Ukrainian prosecutors said that Shelipov “died on the spot a few dozen metres from his home” and the soldier pleaded guilty to the war crime in court last week.
The court said that Shishimarin had “expressed remorse” whilst in the Kyiv court but prosecutors could not “accept his claim he had not meant to kill Shelipov when he fired at him.”
On Monday he learned his fate and was jailed for life in prison and was then transported in a police van to prison around midday.
Just after the press left, the first 🇷🇺 soldier Vadim Shishimarin, sentenced for life for murdering Ukrainian elderly civilian, raised his head after 1h verdict announcement. He acknowledged his guilt yet said he followed the order so shoot that other military “don’t bother him”. pic.twitter.com/xQ72XOOIok
— Nataliya Gumenyuk (@ngumenyuk) May 23, 2022
President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that the “prosecution of all Russian war criminals” which is a vital step for the world to come together.
He added, that war crime trials are required “in the Ukrainian courts, in the international tribunal and just on the battlefield while the war continues.”