Russian Soldier Asks For Forgiveness From The Widow Of The Civilian He Shot Dead In Ukraine

21-year-old Russian Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin has asked for forgiveness from the widow of a Ukrainian civilian he shot dead as he rode his bike in Ukraine. Authorities in Ukraine claim they have evidence of over 10,000 war crimes committed by Russia.


Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin told Kateryna Shelipova: 'I acknowledge my blame... I ask you to forgive me"
Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin told Kateryna Shelipova: 'I acknowledge my blame... I ask you to forgive me"

Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, pleaded guilty to the murder of Ukrainian civilian Oleksandr Shelipov, when Russian forces entered the village of Chupakhivka just four days into the invasion.


Shishimarin admitted his guilt when the murder trial started on Wednesday at a district court in Kyiv.



This is the first war crimes trial to happen over the war in Ukraine.


A Ukrainian prosecutor requested that the court sentence Shishimarin to life in prison for the murder of 62-year-old Oleksandr Shelipov.


Shishimarin said he fired three or four bullets at Mr Shelipov
Shishimarin said he fired three or four bullets at Mr Shelipov

The Russian soldier addressed Kateryna Shelipova, the wife of the victim, and said: "I acknowledge my blame... I ask you to forgive me."


When questioned about the incident, the Kremlin claimed that it has no information about the trial and that due to absence of a diplomatic mission in Ukraine it cannot offer any help, in other words, Shishimarin is on his own.


While giving evidence on the death of her husband, Mrs Shelipova said that she had heard gunshots fired from their yard on the day of the killing.



"I ran over to my husband, he was already dead. Shot in the head. I screamed, I screamed so much," she explained, her voice trembling.


Mrs Shelipova confirmed to the court that her husband was dressed in civilian clothing and was unarmed and the Russian soldier had absolutely no reason to shoot him.


Ukrainian prosecutors said that Shishimarin and four other Russian soldiers had stolen a private car to escape after their unit was targeted by Ukrainian troops.


Ukraine says that Shishimarin's case is one of thousands of war crimes committed by Russia
Ukraine says that Shishimarin's case is one of thousands of war crimes committed by Russia

When the Russians arrived in Chupakhivka, approximately 200 miles east of Kyiv, they saw Mr Shelipov talking on his phone while riding his bike.


The prosecution claimed that Shishimarin was ordered to kill the civilian by another soldier to stop him from reporting their location to the Ukrainians.


Shisimarin is said to have fired several shots through the open window of the car at the head of Mr Shelipov - who died just several metres from his home.


When asked during the trial if he had been obliged to follow an order that amounted to a war crime, Shishimarin replied "no", telling the court that he "fired a short burst, three or four bullets."


21-year-old Vadim Shishimarin told the court that he was from Irkutsk Oblast (a region in Siberia) and was the eldest of five children.



The trial has come at a time many Ukrainians are hoping Russia will hand over captured soldiers as part of a prisoner exchange.


Mrs Shelipova said that she would put up no objections to Shishimarin being released to Russia as part of a prisoner exchange if it resulted in Ukraine getting "our boys" back from Mariupol.


Russian lawmakers have been calling for certain members of the Azov regiment who surrendered at Azovstal in Mariupol, to be put on trial in Russia.


Since the invasion began Ukraine has claimed to have identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes, while Russia continues to deny being responsible for any war crimes and claims to have never targeted civilians.


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