Vadim Shishimarin warfare crimes trial: Russian soldier sentenced to life in jail in Ukraine battle’s first warfare crimes trial

The soldier, Vadim Shishimarin, had pleaded responsible to taking pictures a 62-year-old civilian to loss of life on the fourth day of the battle in late February.

Earlier than delivering the decision on Monday, the court docket stated that Shishimarin had “dedicated a legal offense” in keeping with worldwide humanitarian legislation.

“[Shishimarin] noticed a civilian on the pavement, Oleksandr Shelipov,” the court docket stated. “Shishimarin understanding that Shelipov is a civilian and is unarmed and doesn’t pose any menace to him — fired a number of pictures at Shelipov from his AK-gun.”

“The reason for Shelipov’s loss of life was a shot within the head that resulted in crushing of the cranium,” the court docket added. The sentence could also be appealed inside 30 days.

Prosecutor Andriy Sunyuk raised the potential for extra warfare crimes trials in opposition to Russian troops, and stated he hoped Shishimarin’s conviction might ship a message.

“I feel that every one different legislation enforcement businesses will transfer alongside the trail that we have now traveled,” he stated.

“This will probably be a very good instance for different occupiers who could not but be on our territory however are planning to come back,” added Sunyuk. “Or for individuals who are right here now and plan to remain and combat. Or possibly they are going to suppose that it is time to depart right here for their very own territory.”

Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated the Kremlin is “involved” about Shishimarin and can search methods of helping him.

“After all, we’re involved in regards to the destiny of our citizen,” Peskov instructed reporters on an everyday convention name.

“We should not have many alternatives to guard his pursuits on the bottom, as overseas establishments really haven’t any exercise [in Kyiv]. However this doesn’t imply that we’ll not contemplate the potential for making makes an attempt via different channels,” Peskov added, with out clarifying which channels he was talking about.

Peskov beforehand stated Russia considers the fees “unacceptable,” “outrageous” and “staged.” 

Talking Friday, Shishimarin acknowledged he was accountable for the killing however was “sorry and sincerely repents.”

“I used to be nervous the second it occurred. I did not need to kill. However it occurred and I don’t deny it,” he stated.

Shishimarin’s lawyer, Viktor Ovsyannikov, argued that whereas his shopper was responsible of killing, it was not homicide.

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“Shishimarin was in a state of stress brought on by the fight scenario and the strain from his commander. Evaluation of these circumstances permits me to conclude that Shishimarin had no direct intent for the homicide,” Ovsyannikov stated.

Ovsyannikov tried to color his shopper and different Russian troops as unwitting pawns within the Kremlin’s Machiavellian scheme.

The troopers, Ovsyannikov stated, weren’t conscious that their actions would “lead to mass deaths not solely of servicemen, however civilians too.”

Shishimarin, who appeared in court docket behind glass sporting a blue-gray high with a shaved head, solely spoke on a number of events through the proceedings.

He stated he was “totally responsible” when he entered a plea on Wednesday and, on Thursday he was compelled to confront his sufferer’s widow.

Shishimarin instructed her: “I perceive that you simply won’t be able to forgive me, however I’m sorry.”

The lady questioned the Russian soldier as to why he got here to Ukraine, asking rhetorically: “Did you come to defend us? From whom? Did you defend me from my husband you killed?”

“We had been ordered to come back with the column, what’s going to observe I didn’t know,” Shishimarin stated.