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Kyiv court hears 1st war crimes case of Russian soldier in Ukrainian war

CA, 14 May 2022
On Friday, a court in Kyiv began the hearing of the first war crimes case arising from Russia's ongoing Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, after charging a captured Russian soldier with the murder of a 62-year-old civilian.

The case is of huge symbolic importance for Ukraine. The Kyiv government has accused Russia of atrocities and brutality against civilians during the invasion and said it has identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes.

Russia has denied targeting civilians or involvement in war crimes and accused Kyiv of staging them to smear its forces.

The Kyiv district court's website identified the 21-year-old soldier on trial as Vadim Shishimarin of the Kantemirovskaya tank division from the Moscow region, and said he was accused of "violations of the laws and norms of war."

He faces up to life imprisonment over the killing in the northeast Ukrainian village of Chupakhivka, east of the capital Kyiv, on Feb. 28.

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