Ukrainian authorities have commenced the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier, who is accused of killing an unarmed 62-year-old.
Proceedings against Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old tank commander, began Friday in Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv. Since launching its invasion of Ukraine over two months ago, Russia has been accused of committing war crimes by deliberately targeting civilians. The trial, which could send Shishimarin to prison for life, and others expected to follow could begin to shed light on alleged Russian atrocities.
Oleksiy Sorokin, of the Kyiv Independent, posted a video to Twitter on Friday showing Shishimarin being led to a glass booth for defendants under the view of police and the flash of cameras. Wearing a blue and gray sweat suit with a shaved head, Shishimarin walked hunched over into the booth with his hands cuffed behind his back.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova laid out the charges against Shishimarin in a Facebook post earlier this week.