Ukraine indicts Russian soldier for killing unarmed civilian on bicycle, first such case in Sumy region

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Ukraine’s prosecutor general has filed an indictment against a Russian soldier for the murder of a civilian – one of the first such indictments since the start of the invasion.

Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova announced on Wednesday that the first Russian soldier will stand trial for the murder of a civilian in Ukraine’s Sumy region, according to reports.

The activist was identified by Venediktova as Vadim Shishimarin via the Attorney General’s announcement of the proceedings on social media.

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According to Venediktova, the incident occurred in February when Shashamarin shot and killed an unarmed individual in the Sumy region. The victim was riding a bicycle.

The victim was an unidentified 62-year-old man who was returning home when he was shot in the head by the Russian militants.

Ukrainian servicemen stand near a destroyed house near the frontline village of Krymske, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, February 19, 2022.
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Ukrainian servicemen stand near a destroyed house near the frontline village of Krymske, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, February 19, 2022.
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Shashamarin is currently detained in Ukraine. If found guilty, he faces 10 to 15 years in prison, or even life in prison, according to the prosecutor.

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