- Sarah Rainesford BBC News
A 21-year-old Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed man during a war crimes trial in Ukraine.
Vadim Shishimir agreed to the shooting 62 years old A few days after the invasion began.
It faces Up to life imprisonment.
The prisoner was taken into small Kiev courtroom with handcuffs, surrounded by heavily armed guards.
He was bowing his head nervously.
Two meters away from him sat the widow of the murdered man.
She wiped the tears from her eyes as the soldier entered the courtroom, then sat down with her hands clasped as the lawyer presented her case. Caterina’s husband was shot in the head.
“Do you accept your guilt?” The judge asked.
“Yes,” Shishimir replied.
“Absolutely?” “Yes,” he replied quietly from behind the glass of his gray metal and glass cage.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online Commanded one unit per tank section When his convoy was attacked.
They said the 62-year-old man came on a bicycle when he and four other soldiers stole a car and were traveling near Subakivka.
According to lawyers, Ordered to kill Shishimir’s citizen To do so Kalashnikov used an assault rifle.
The Kremlin has previously said it knew nothing about the case.
Shishimar’s trial was adjourned shortly after the civilian’s widow first heard of the Russian soldier’s confession.
The high-level inquiry is set to resume on Thursday in a larger room.
“Through this first investigation, we are sending a clear signal to all the perpetrators, all those who ordered or assisted in committing crimes in Ukraine. They cannot avoid their responsibility. “Ukraine’s Attorney General Irina Venedikova tweeted.
International Criminal Court
Venetikova had previously said that his office was preparing war crimes cases against 41 Russian soldiers.
Moscow has denied that its troops attacked civilians.
Shishimir’s investigation is being meticulously monitored because there were investigators Gathering evidence for potential war crimes To be produced before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Sends ICC A team of 42 investigators, forensic experts and national support staff.
Ukraine has formed a committee to protect evidence for future experiments.
Additional report by Malu Curcino in London.
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