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First Russian soldier to stand Ukrainian trial for killing civilian

The first Russian soldier to stand Ukrainian trial. Photo: facebook.com/VenediktovaIryna

The first Russian soldier to stand Ukrainian trial. Photo: facebook.com/VenediktovaIryna

The first Russian soldier to stand trial for the murder of a civilian in the Sumy region. The commander of the squad of military unit 32010 of the 4th Tank Kantemirovskaya division Vadim Shyshymarin is on trial. Now he is in custody. Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova reported this on her Facebook page.

The investigation has established that on February 28, 2022, this 21-year-old Russian soldier killed an unarmed resident of the Chupakhivka village in the Sumy region, who was pushing his bicycle along the side of the road.

Before that, the convoy, in which sergeant Shyshymarin was, was hit by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. While running away, he and his four fellow soldiers fired from machine guns and stole a private car. In a stolen car with tyres blown out, the invaders drove into the village. On the way, they saw a man who was returning home and talking on the phone. One of the military ordered the sergeant to kill a civilian so that he would not report them to the Ukrainian defenders. He made several clear shots through the car’s open window from a Kalashnikov assault rifle into the head of a 62-year-old man. He died on the spot just a few dozen meters from his home.

Prosecutors and investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine have collected enough evidence of his involvement in the violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with premeditated murder (Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). For this, he faces 10 to 15 years in prison or life imprisonment.

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