Ukrainian Court jails Russian tank commander for life for killing civilian.

Written by on May 24, 2022

A court in Ukraine has jailed a Russian tank commander for life for killing a civilian at the first war crimes trial since the invasion.

Captured soldier, Sgt Vadim Shishimarin was convicted of killing Oleksandr Shelipov, aged 62, in the north-eastern village of Chupakhivka on 28 February.

He admitted shooting Mr Shelipov but said he had been acting on orders and asked forgiveness of the man’s widow.

According to reports, many other alleged war crimes are being investigated by Ukraine.

Moscow has always denied its troops have targeted civilians, despite a wealth of evidence to the contrary, while Ukraine says more than 11,000 crimes may have occurred.

Ukraine, however, is likely to bring more cases like this to unpick Moscow’s denials.

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