Shishimarin, 21, the first Russian to be tried in Kiev. In court with a shaved head and a downcast gaze. The video of the confession: “I carried out an order”
from our correspondent
KIEV – Eyes down and never a word. The sergeant and alleged war criminal Vadim Shishimarin is in the glass cage of the accused, and in front of those glasses there is a wall of mobile phones and cameras that film him. It is he, the man of the day of this war. Him, with his gray and blue sweatshirt, with his 21 years, with his shaved hair and his face as a child. He is accused of “violating the laws and customs of war” and yesterday he saw the judges of the Solomianskyi District Court in Kiev for the first time at the preliminary hearing. They will determine what debt he will have to pay to justice for doing what he did. And that is to shoot a poor man who has had the misfortune of falling into his own path.
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It was February 28, the war had started four days ago. Vadim was in command of Unit 32010, Fourth Tank Division of the Kantemirovskaya Guard, Moscow region. He and his men were in the village of Chupakhiva in Sumy Oblast when the Unit came under attack. To escape, he and four others stole a car, and as they were leaving the village they ran into that man: a 62-year-old man on a bicycle pedaling towards his house, now a few meters from him. He was talking on his cell phone, that guy. And they thought he was warning some Ukrainian soldiers of their presence. This told Vadim. And he swore that “they gave me the order to shoot and I couldn’t refuse. I fired from the window with my Kalashnikov. ‘ Several shots, and the man on the bicycle had no escape.
The young Russian sergeant has been facing life imprisonment for ten years. Four days ago it was the attorney general, Iryna Venediktova, who announced her indictment by publishing, as always, a summary of the accusations, the identity and a photograph of the accused. It is the first open trial for crimes committed during this war and the prosecutor has made it known in the last hours that the suspected perpetrators of war crimes have already been identified, while the number of cases that are still being worked on has risen to 10,700. to those responsible. Like many other soldiers captured by the Ukrainian army, Vadim Shishimarin was also interviewed by Volodymyr Zolkin, a blogger and journalist who was allowed to speak with prisoners of war and film them on video.
In the interview we see him wearing the same gray and blue sweatshirt he wore yesterday. “I went to war to help my mother who has no money,” he says, repeating what he had told the men of the Ukrainian security services who had questioned him immediately after his capture. And he says that his Unit had told him that it was exercises in a Russian town, not the war against Ukraine. “It was supposed to be military exercises in Voronezh,” he says. But here it is. Caged in front of the Kiev justice, which provided him with a Russian interpreter and a lawyer. Next hearing: May 18th.
May 13, 2022 (change May 13, 2022 | 22:26)
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