Kyiv War Crimes Trial: Kyiv says it has opened hundreds of conflict crimes instances.
Ukrainian prosecutors on Thursday requested a life sentence for the primary Russian soldier on trial for conflict crimes for the reason that begin of Moscow’s invasion, AFP journalists within the courtroom reported.
The prosecution requested the decide to condemn the 21-year-old Russian military sergeant to “life imprisonment” for killing 62-year-old civilian Oleksandr Shelipov within the first days of the Russian offensive.
The request got here only a day after the landmark trial opened and as two different Russian troopers have been in court docket Thursday for crimes towards civilians.
Kyiv says it has opened hundreds of conflict crimes instances since Moscow launched its invasion.
In court docket, Russian serviceman Vadim Shishimarin requested the sufferer’s widow to forgive him and described how he shot the person lifeless within the opening days of Russia’s invasion.
Addressing his sufferer’s widow, Kateryna Shelipova, Shishimarin mentioned: “I know that you will not be able to forgive me, but nevertheless I ask you for forgiveness.”
He mentioned he shot Shelipov as he and a number of other different Russian troopers have been retreating to rejoin their models in Russia, saying one other soldier had put stress on him to hold out the killing.
‘I Shot Him At Short Range’
The troopers discovered a civilian automobile, a Volkswagen, which they hijacked to “get to where our army was and go back to Russia”, Shishimarin mentioned.
“As we were driving, we saw a man. He was talking on the phone. He said he would give us up.”
Shishimarin mentioned one other soldier within the automobile, who he mentioned was not his commander and whom he referred to as an “unknown” soldier, “told me to shoot”.
“He started to say in a forceful tone that I should shoot,” he instructed the court docket.
“He said I would be putting us in danger if I didn’t. I shot him at short range. It killed him.”
Judges questioned him in Ukrainian, with an interpreter translating for Shishimarin — who’s from the Siberian area of Irkutsk — into Russian.
The killing happened close to the northeastern village of Chupakhivka on February 28, 4 days into Moscow’s invasion.
The troopers then took a civilian captive as they retreated into the forest, Shishimarin mentioned, claiming they didn’t hurt him.
The Russians then “voluntarily” gave themselves as much as Ukrainian forces.
‘What Did You Come Here For?’
The youthful-looking soldier, wearing a gray and blue hoodie, regarded in the direction of the bottom together with his head leaning on the glass defence field the place he was held as Kateryna Shelipova testified on her husband’s dying.
“What did you come here for, to free us from what?” Shelipova requested the soldier, referring to Moscow’s claims that its troops are liberating Ukrainian territories.
“What did my husband do to you?” she mentioned, including she had “heard the shot” whereas getting water from a nicely.
She then noticed a automobile and “a young man in it with a rifle. I remember him well”, she mentioned, referring to Shishimarin.
“Five minutes later I saw my husband. He was dead with a shot in his head. I started screaming very loudly.”
She mentioned the incident happened round 11.00 am.
“My husband was in civilian clothing. In a coat and trousers,” she mentioned.
Another captive Russian soldier who was within the automobile, 20-year-old Ivan Matysov, instructed the court docket that the third unknown serviceman within the automobile “shouted in a commanding tone” to Shishimarin to shoot the civilian.
Both troopers — Matysov and Shishimarin — mentioned the third man was not a extra senior officer, suggesting Shishimarin was not obliged to observe the order to shoot.
The Kremlin on Wednesday mentioned it was not knowledgeable of Shishimarin’s case. His lawyer mentioned he had not had any contact with Russian officers.
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