Updated on 05/19/2022 at 7:23 p.m.
- The first Russian soldier tried for war crimes in kyiv since the start of the war in Ukraine has asked a court for “pardon”.
- Prosecutors have asked for a life sentence for war crimes.
In the first trial against a Russian soldier since the start of the Ukrainian war, he asked for “pardon” in court. “I know you can’t forgive me, but I still ask for your forgiveness,” 21-year-old Vadim Sch said. Thursday during the hearing in kyiv on the wife of the 62-year-old civilian whose murder he had already confessed to.
On the second day of the trial, prosecutors requested a life sentence for war crimes. Vadim Sch. is accused of shooting the unarmed man in a stolen car on February 28 in the village of Chupakhivka in northern Ukraine. When asked in court if he had pleaded guilty, he replied “yes”.
The soldier from Irkutsk in Siberia faces the maximum sentence for war crimes and murder. After the prosecutor’s request, the hearing was adjourned Thursday. The trial is due to continue on Friday with arguments from Schischimarin’s lawyer.
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The victim may have witnessed the theft of the car
According to Ukrainian investigators, the young man wanted to flee with four comrades in a stolen car after an attack on his convoy in northern Ukraine. The victim witnessed the theft of the car. In court, Vadim Sh. this representation.
Another Russian soldier in the car, who was not his commander, “told me to shoot”, he described the course of events. “He started saying in a forceful tone that I should shoot (and) that I would create a threat if I didn’t.” He shot the 62-year-old man at close range. “It killed him.”
The victim’s wife confronted the young man in court on Thursday. “Do you have any remorse for the crime you committed?” she asked him, after which he asked for forgiveness.
“But why did you come here? To free us from something? What did my husband do to you?” She didn’t let go. Vadim Sch. referred to “orders” and did not respond further.
Ukraine accuses the Russian military of committing numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity since the start of the invasion on February 24. The war crimes trials of two other Russian soldiers were due to begin later on Thursday. The International Criminal Court (ICC) also investigates alleged international crimes. (afp/fra)