Russian soldier convicted for war crimes in Ukraine, faces life imprisonment

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 New Delhi: 21-year-old Sgt Vadim Shishimarin was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Ukrainian court. This marked the first guilty conviction for war crimes since Russia’s invasion which began nearly three months ago.

The Russian soldier pleaded guilty of shooting a Ukrainian civilian in the head in a village situated in the north-eastern region of Sumy. He testified that; he just followed the orders of execution of the Ukrainian civilian.

 

The verdict came because of the Russian soldier’s testimony. He told the court that a senior officer ordered the execution as the man was seen talking on his cell phone and could possibly pinpoint the location of the Russian troops.

 

The United Nations have released a data claiming that over 100 million people have been displaced from their homes and have migrated throughout the world in search of a haven. This came as an impact of the Ukraine-Russia conflict which has subsequently asserted a lot of native Ukrainians to flee from their homeland.

 

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the World Economic Forum as it initiated in Davos, Switzerland. Zelenskyy has demanded to impose “maximum” restrictions against Russia.

 

He was addressing the WEF via video conferencing and asked the world leaders to impose severe sanctions against Russia, including an oil embargo, blocking Russian banks, and slacking off all sorts of trade with Russia.

 

Zelenskyy said that Ukrainians have shown courage to stop Russian advancement. They have set an example for the whole world citing true unity within a democratic setup.

 

first published:May 23, 2022, 6:40 p.m.

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