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Ukraine prosecutors seek life for Russian soldier in war crimes trial

Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin sits in the defendant's box at the opening of his trial on a charge of war crimes for having killed a civilian, in the Solomyansky district court in Kyiv on May 18, 2022. (AFP/Genya SAVILOV)
Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin sits in the defendant's box at the opening of his trial on a charge of war crimes for having killed a civilian, in the Solomyansky district court in Kyiv on May 18, 2022. (AFP/Genya SAVILOV)

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian prosecutors request a life sentence for the first Russian soldier on trial for war crimes since the start of Moscow’s invasion, an AFP reporter in the Kyiv courtroom says.

A prosecutor asks the judge to “give a sentence in the form of life imprisonment” to 21-year-old Russian army sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, who admitted to killing a 62-year-old civilian in the first days of the Russian offensive.

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