Additional information on the conviction of a Russian soldier for war crimes
“The court decided to approve [Vadim] Chichimarine is guilty and should be sentenced to life imprisonment ”, Ukrainian Judge Sergei Akafonov said on Monday. The 21-year-old sergeant has admitted to shooting dead 62-year-old Oleksandr Selipov, a civilian, in the northeastern part of the country in the first days of the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine. He is convicted of war crimes and premeditated murder.
The soldier, with a young face and a shaved head, wearing gray and blue armor, stood alone in a glass box and listened to the verdict read in Ukrainian, which a translator translated into Russian. . “This murder was done with direct intent”The judge said. “Violated the Laws and Traditions of Sisyphus War”He continued.
The prosecution on Thursday demanded a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The soldier pleaded guilty. He told the court he acted under pressure from another soldier while trying to flee to Russia in a stolen car with four soldiers.
This soldier was originally from the Irkutsk region of Siberia “Apologies” Mr. During a brief exchange with her in the Kiev courtroom to Selipov’s widow. “This is a very severe punishment, and any prudent person will appeal.”The young man’s lawyer Viktor Ovsyanikov said. I demand that the judgment be quashedHe announced.
Before the trial, the Kremlin announced itself “Anxiety” He said that for the fate of the Russian citizen, he could not be helped on the spot due to lack of diplomatic representation. “It does not mean that we will not try through other channels. The fate of every Russian citizen is very important to us.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
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