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Vadim Shishimarin, first Russian accused of war crimes in Ukraine, pleads guilty in Kiev court

The first Russian accused of war crimes during the war in Ukraine, Vadim Shishimarin, pleaded guilty in the Solomensky District Court in Kiev. The trial was streamed by a correspondent of the Ukrainian news site Grаti.

When asked by the judge whether he pleaded guilty to murdering a Sumy region resident, Shishimarin replied, «Yes». After the judge's second clarifying question, «Completely?» – Shishimarin confirmed his answer.

Today the court announced a break until noon of May 19 because of the large number of journalists wishing to get into the courtroom. «There are more than 150 media representatives in the courtroom, the court decided to adjourn,» the judge explained, after which Shishimarin was taken away.

Earlier in May, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova reported that Ukrainian law enforcement officers identified 45 Russian citizens who had committed war crimes on Ukrainian territory.

A 21-year-old sergeant of the Russian Federation army, Vadim Shishimarin, was one of the first to be charged under Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. According to the investigation, on February 28, Shishimarin, a squad commander of the 4th Kantemirovskaya Tank Division shot and killed a 62-year-old resident of the village of Chupahovkain the Sumy region. Before that, the convoy Shishimarin was in had been destroyed by the AFU. Running away, the sergeant and four other Russian soldiers fired on a civilian car and hijacked it. They drove the stolen car into the village, killing a man who was returning home on his bicycle and speaking on the phone. One of the servicemen ordered Shishimarin to kill the civilian to prevent him from reportingthem to the Ukrainian military.

The defendant faces 10 to 15 years or life in prison.

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