Ukraine has started its first war trial against a captured Russian soldier who has been accused of killing a 62-year-old civilian in the early days of the invasion of Moscow.
Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin, 21, was present in a small courtroom wearing a gray and blue tracksuit and was seen handcuffed as security guards escorted him inside the courtroom for the trial .
He was detained for killing a 62-year-old unarmed civilian riding a bicycle on February 28.
Deployed as the commander of the Kantemirovskaya Tank Division, the man is accused of shooting through a car window at the man from the village of Chupakhivka, Sumy Oblast.
He was driving a stolen vehicle in the area and shot the civilian dead after receiving an order to prevent Ukrainian civilians from knowing their location in the area, prosecutors said.
Except for a few cases like confirming basic details of his name in court, Mr. Shishimarin reportedly did not speak much in court. He has yet to contest the charges against him at trial.
According to his lawyer, Mr Shishimarin confessed to killing the civilian but said nothing about whether he wanted to plead guilty, reported The Guardian.
He spoke briefly to confirm his name and that he understood the charges against him, assisted by a Russian interpreter in court. “Yes, I understand,” he said.
If convicted of the crime, the Russian soldier, who is being held by Ukraine, could be jailed for life. The hearing will resume on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian officials first announced the decision to open the war trial of captured Russian soldiers.
Attorney General Iryna Venediktova’s office said it was investigating more than 10,700 alleged war crimes committed during the country’s invasion. Ukraine has identified more than 600 suspects.
Shortly after the first hearing, public prosecutor Andriy Synyuk said there would be “a lot of these cases”.
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