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Ukraine war: Russian soldier jailed for life over war crime


A court in Ukraine has jailed a Russian tank commander for life for killing a civilian at the first war crimes trial since the invasion.


Captured soldier Sgt Vadim Shishimarin was convicted of killing Oleksandr Shelipov, 62, in the north-eastern village of Chupakhivka on 28 February.

He admitted shooting Mr Shelipov but said he had been acting on orders and asked forgiveness of his widow.


Multiple other alleged war crimes are being investigated by Ukraine.

Moscow has denied its troops targeted civilians during the invasion while Ukraine says more than 11,000 crimes may have occurred.


This trial in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv is being seen as Ukraine's chance to prove, beyond doubt, that a Russian soldier killed a civilian with no regard for the rules of war.


When they spotted Mr Shelipov he was speaking on his phone, Shishimarin told the court. He says he was told to shoot him with an assault rifle.

His defence lawyer told the court on Friday that Shishimarin had only fired after twice refusing to carry out the order to shoot and that only one out of three to four rounds had hit the target.

He said Shishimarin had fired the rounds out of fear for his own safety and he questioned whether the defendant had intended to kill.

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