Ukraine war crimes trial: Russian soldiers learn their punishments


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Two captured Russian soldiers have each been sentenced to 11.5 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to shelling a town in eastern Ukraine during the war, a report says. 

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

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

The decision comes after a 21-year-old Russian soldier was handed a life sentence for shooting a 62-year-old man in the head in the early days of the war. 

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

RUSSIAN SOLDIER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR KILLING UKRAINIAN CIVILIAN 

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

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

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

Russian army Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen behind a glass during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday, May 18. He has been sentenced to life in prison for the killing of an unarmed civilian.
(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Their defense lawyer had asked for leniency, claiming the soldiers – one an artillery driver and the other a gunner – were just following military orders and have repented for their actions. 

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“I am completely guilty of the crimes of which I am accused. We fired at 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, on May 14 after it was hit by Russian shelling.

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

Both soldiers were captured after they crossed the border in Ukraine and continued shelling, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said. 



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