First Russian soldier soon to face trial for war crimes in Ukraine | war in Ukraine

Vadim Shishimarin, 21, will stand trial on war crimes charges and premeditated murder, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office Iryna Venediktova said in a statement on Wednesday.

We learn that following an investigation by the Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU) into the events of February 28 in Chupakhivka in the Sumy region in the north-east of the country, the Russian soldier will be charged.

According to that investigation, Private Shishimarin and four other soldiers had just stolen a car near Chupachivka to flee after their convoy was attacked by Ukrainian militants.

However, the group feared being denounced when they came across a 62-year-old man riding beside his bike while on a phone on a street. The man was unarmed, according to the SBU investigation.

One of the soldiers ordered the accused to kill a civilian so he would not report themaccording to the statement by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office. The man died on the spot, just a few tens of meters from his home.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova during a visit to Borodianka, a suburb of Kyiv, on April 7

Photo: Reuters / ZOHRA BENSEMRA

The Attorney General did not specify how Private Shishimarin was arrested or how the evidence in this case was collected. The date of the trial was also not announced. However, prosecutors released a photo of the suspect, his face blurred.

Shishimarin is physically located in Ukraine. The trial that we are beginning will not take place in the absence but in the presence of the person who killed a civilian. And it’s a war crime. »

A quote from Iryna Venediktova, Prosecutor General of Ukraine, in an interview on public television

Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than 10,700 alleged war crimes involving 622 suspects have been reported to prosecutors.

A few weeks ago, ten Russian soldiers were accused by name of committing war crimes in Boutcha on the outskirts of Kyiv, where the bodies of many civilians were found after Russian troops withdrew. However, these soldiers are not arrested by the Ukrainian authorities.

A massacre captured by surveillance cameras

British public television broadcast footage captured by surveillance cameras on Thursday showing Russian soldiers shooting dead two civilians in a Kiev suburb they occupied until a few weeks ago.

It shows a group of Russian soldiers approaching the front gate of a bicycle factory. Two men, a guard named Leonid Plitas and his boss, approach the soldiers. A conversation ensued that was not picked up, then the Ukrainians turned back, just like the Russian soldiers.

However, two soldiers retreated, positioned themselves and repeatedly shot the two Ukrainians in the back. Despite his injuries, Leonid Plitas manages to get up and goes to his room with difficulty. His boss was killed.

Mr Plitas later called friends to try to get help. One of them, Vasyl Podlevskyi, said he told him to connect while he was waiting for help. : Vasya, j’ai à peine réussi à ramper jusqu’ici. Tout est si douloureux. Je me sens vraiment mal”,”text”:”Il m’a répondu: Vasya, j’ai à peine réussi à ramper jusqu’ici. Tout est si douloureux. Je me sens vraiment mal”}}”>He replied: Vasya, I barely managed to crawl here. everything hurts so much i feel really badhe told the BBC.

Two members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Units – civilians who enlisted at the start of the Russian invasion – said they had been warned by Mr Podlevskyi and tried to get there but were unable to get there quickly due to the ubiquitous Russian troops in the area.

: \”C’est OK. Tout sera OK. Tu vas survivre\””,”text”:”Nous lui avons parlé au téléphone. Nous avons tenté de le calmer. Nous lui avons dit: \”C’est OK. Tout sera OK. Tu vas survivre\””}}”>We spoke to him on the phone. We tried to calm him down. We told him, “It’s okay. Everything will be fine. You will survive.”they told journalist Sarah Reinsford. : \”Nous sommes en chemin.\” Peut-être que cela l’a aidé. Peut-être. Malheureusement, le temps que nous arrivions, il était mort.”,”text”:”Nous lui avons dit: \”Nous sommes en chemin.\” Peut-être que cela l’a aidé. Peut-être. Malheureusement, le temps que nous arrivions, il était mort.”}}”>We told him, “We’re on our way.” Maybe that helped him. Perhaps. Unfortunately, when we got there, he was dead.

My father wasn’t a soldier. He was retired. They killed a 65-year-old man. What sense? […] I’m not so much angry as full of sadness. And fear. Those damn Russians are so uncontrollable. I’m afraid of what else they might do. »

A quote from Julia Androshchuk, daughter of Leonid Plitas

Surveillance camera footage also shows Russian soldiers on the factory premises after the killings. One of the men who allegedly opened fire can be clearly seen there with his face uncovered.

According to the BBC, the Kiev police chief who was shown the footage said the bodies of 37 civilians who were shot and killed were found in the area. The Attorney General’s office has confirmed that this incident is the subject of a war crimes investigation.

The Human Rights Council orders an investigation

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva overwhelmingly approved the opening of an inquiry into the atrocities blamed on the occupying Russian forces.

The resolution was adopted during an extraordinary session by 33 votes in favour, 2 against (China and Eritrea) and 12 abstentions (including India, Senegal and Cameroon).

It calls on the international commission to: a detection on serious human rights violations committed by Russian forces in late February and March 2022 in the Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy regions hold those responsible accountable.

A man takes notes near several body bags containing dead bodies in a cemetery.

In Boutcha, a man takes notes in front of the 58 bodies of civilians found after Russian troops withdrew.

Photo: Getty Images/Chris McGrath

The resolution also calls on Moscow to encourage international organizations, including the UN, Immediate and unhindered access to people transferred from conflict-affected Ukraine and detained in Russia or in areas controlled by its armed forces.

The text also calls on High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to take stock of the situation in Mariupol, now almost entirely under Russian control, during the Council’s 50th session, which will be held from June 13 to July 8.

Before the vote, Ukraine and its allies spent hours denouncing the abuses attributed to Russia. Torture and enforced disappearances, sexual and gender-based violence, the list of Russian crimes is endlessFirst Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova said in a video address.

Russian aggression is accompanied every day by discoveries that are more and more cruel and untenable., confirmed the French Ambassador Jérôme Bonnafont. This resolution aims to hold accountable those responsible for these atrocitieshe declared and assured it The international community must not remain silent.

Ms Bachelet said her office continues to verify abuse allegations, Many of these could constitute war crimes and denounced them unimaginable horrors suffered by the residents of Mariupol. It currently has information on 300 cases, she said.

The scale of unlawful executions, including evidence of summary executions in areas north of Kyiv, is shocking. »

A quote from Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

A first since the suspension of Moscow

It was the first meeting dedicated to the deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine since the General Assembly of theU.N. Moscow was suspended by the international organization’s highest body in the field of human rights in early April.

Russia can take part in the Council’s work as an observer, but opted for the empty chair policy on Thursday and declined to comment.

In order not to leave the field completely to his opponents, the Russian ambassador has theU.N. in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov issued a press release in which he denounced the demonization of Russia by the “collective West”who speaks of an incriminating investigation and denounces the excesses of the Council, which has become a forum doing political stunts.

At the end of a first meeting on March 4, Kyiv managed to get the Human Rights Council to overwhelmingly adopt a resolution deciding that an independent international commission of inquiry should be set up as a matter of urgency.

Its chairman, Erik Mose, a former judge at the Norwegian Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), who also chaired the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), indicated that the commission had started its work, even though it was doesn’t have a budget yet.

He also pointed out that the large number of entities Currently, the situation in Ukraine does not study without raising coordination problems.

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With information from Media Agency France, New York Times, and Washington Post

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