Highlights

  • First conviction in Ukraine war crimes
  • 21-yr-old Russian soldier gets life imprisonment
  • Convict pleaded guilty to murder

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Vadim Shishimarin was accused of shooting a Ukrainian civilian in the head in a village in the northeastern Sumy region.

A Ukrainian court sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison on Monday for killing a Ukrainian civilian, in the first war crimes trial held since Russia's invasion.

Vadim Shishimarin was accused of shooting a Ukrainian civilian in the head in a village in the northeastern Sumy region in the early days of the war.

He pleaded guilty and testified that he shot the man after being ordered to do so.

He told the court that an officer insisted that the Ukrainian man, who was speaking on his cellphone, could pinpoint their location to the Ukrainian forces.

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