First Russian soldier sentenced to life in prison for killing unarmed civilian in Ukraine

23 May, 02:44 PM
Vadim Shishmarin (Photo:REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)

Vadim Shishmarin (Photo:REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)

On May 23, Kyiv’s Pechersk district court sentenced Russian military service member Vadim Shishmarin to life imprisonment for killing a civilian in Sumy Oblast.

According to the persecution, 21-year-old Russian soldier killed an unarmed civilian in Chupakhivka, near Sumy, on Feb. 21. The victim died on the spot, several dozen meters away from their home.

Shishmarin has plead guilty during the widely-publicized court hearings, which started on May 18.

“I would like to once again apologize for what I’ve done,” Shishmarin said in his closing statement.

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“I’m not denying (responsibility) and will comply with any punishment I face.”

“I’m sincerely remorseful for my actions; I was nervous, surrounded by ongoing clashes, I didn’t want to kill, but that’s what happened…; eventually I realized it’s better to surrender.”

Earlier during the hearings, Shishmarin said his fellow soldiers were pressuring him to kill the Ukrainian, and that he pulled the trigger to “get them off his back.”

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