War Crimes Trial Announced Against First Russian Soldier In Ukraine


In the earliest days of the war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine, Russian soldiers were accused of killing civilians in the streets, a war crime if found to be true. On Wednesday, reports confirmed that the first Russian soldier accused of committing the war crime of shooting civilians will go to trial.

Reports from Ukraine stated that Vadim Shyshymarin of the 4th Guards (Kantemir) Division of Moscow Region will stand trial for shooting and killing a 62-year-old civilian on Feb. 28, 2022 after the man witnesses Shyshymarin and his friends commit another crime.

According to the Kyiv Post:

‘After the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed sergeant Shyshymarin’s convoy he, together with four other servicemen, fled the scene, fired at a car, and hijacked it. They then drove into a village in the vehicle with its tires punctured by themselves.’

The unfortunate civilian was in the way of Shyshymarin as he tried to escape without anyone noticing. One of the soldiers in his group proposed a solution to the eyewitness problem and Shyshymarin was quick to take it.

‘On their way, they saw a man who was on his phone while walking home. One of the soldiers ordered the sergeant to kill the civilian so that he would not report them to Ukrainian troops. Using a Kalashnikov, he shot the 62-year-old man in the head from an open window. The man died just tens of meters away from his own house.’

The crime is not the first reported by the Ukrainian media and military officials. Photos of bodies in roadside trenches, bodies with their hands tied behind their backs, bodies that could only belong to civilians, have proven that these crimes are ongoing.

‘The scale of atrocities committed by the Russian army in the country is still to be assessed, as cases of rape, murder, torture, and mass burials mount around the country. Many world leaders have already visited the towns of Bucha, Irpin, and Borodyanka in Kyiv Region, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and top EU officials, denouncing the crimes and destruction carried out by Russian occupiers.’