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Russian soldier found guilty of war crimes in Kyiv court, given life sentence

Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin listens to his translator during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin listens to his translator during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A Kyiv court rules that a 21-year-old Russian soldier who killed a civilian is guilty of war crimes and hands him a life sentence, in the first verdict against Moscow’s forces since their invasion.

“The court has found that [Vadim] Shishimarin is guilty and sentences him to life imprisonment,” judge Sergiy Agafonov says. Shishimarin, a Russian sergeant, admitted in court to killing 62-year-old Oleksandr Shelipov in the first days of the Kremlin’s offensive in northeast Ukraine.

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