13:10 23 May 2022

First verdict: court sentences russian war criminal to life imprisonment

Photo: UP

russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin, accused of killing a civilian in the Sumy region, was sentenced to life in prison.

The verdict became known at a hearing of one of Kyiv's district courts, UP reports.

The court found evidence against Shishimarin and concluded that the murder was premeditated.

The court rejected the defense's arguments that the occupier had allegedly carried out the order because a serviceman who wasn't Shishimarin's commander gave it and the order was criminal.

The court doesn't consider the defendant's remorse sincere.

Shishimarin was found guilty of violating the laws and customs of war. This crime is international and, therefore, severe.


On May 4, the Security Service of Ukraine released a video of occupant Shishimarin's confession of killing civilians.

On May 11, the prosecutor's office announced that they had sent his case to court.

Shishimarin is accused of violating the laws and customs of war. He pleaded guilty and repented.

Prosecutors have asked that Shishimarin be sentenced to life in prison. He pleaded guilty and apologized.

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