Ukraine War Crimes Trial: Russian Soldiers Learn Their Punishments

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Two captured Russian soldiers were each sentenced to 11.5 years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to bombing a town in eastern Ukraine during the war, according to a report.

Alexander Bobikin and Alexander Ivanov were told of their punishment while standing inside a glass box outside a district court in central Ukraine, according to Reuters.

“The guilt of Bobikin and Ivanov has been fully proven,” Judge Evhen Bolybok reportedly said.

The decision comes after a 21-year-old Russian soldier was sentenced to life for shooting a 62-year-old man in the head early in the war.

Russian soldiers Alexander Alexeevich Ivanov and Alexander Vladimirovich Bobykin, left, attend their audience in Kotelva, northeastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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Russian soldiers Alexander Alexeevich Ivanov and Alexander Vladimirovich Bobykin, left, attend their audience in Kotelva, northeastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

RUSSIAN SOLDIER SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR KILLING UKRAINIAN CIVILIAN

Bobikin and Ivanov admitted to shooting at targets in the Kharkiv region from Russia’s Belgorod border region, according to Reuters.

The strikes reportedly destroyed an educational institution in the town of Derhachi.

Russian Army Sgt.  Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen behind glass during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday May 18.  He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an unarmed civilian.

Russian Army Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen behind glass during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday May 18. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an unarmed civilian.
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Their lawyer had asked for clemency, saying the soldiers – one an artillery driver and the other a gunner – were only obeying military orders and repented of their actions.

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“I am fully guilty of the crimes I am charged with. We fired into Ukraine from Russia,” Bobikin told the court, according to Reuters.

Vera Kosolopenko reacts outside her destroyed house in the village of Bezruky, near Derhachi, Ukraine, May 14 after being hit by Russian shelling.

Vera Kosolopenko reacts outside her destroyed house in the village of Bezruky, near Derhachi, Ukraine, May 14 after being hit by Russian shelling.
(Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

The two soldiers were captured after crossing the Ukrainian border and continuing the shelling, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said.

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