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First Russian soldier suspected of murdering a civilian in Ukraine to face trial

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Ukrainian authorities are moving ahead with the first murder trial of a Russian soldier suspected of killing a Ukrainian civilian during ’s unprovoked invasion.

Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova said on Facebook on May 11 that the suspect was charged with the killing of a 62-year-old civilian who was riding a bicycle in the village of Chupakhivka in the northeastern region of Sumy.

“The Prosecutor-General’s Office sent to a court the case against Vadim Shishimarin, the commander of a unit of military brigade 32010, known as the Fourth Tank Kantemirov Division of the Moscow region,” Venediktova wrote.

According to Venediktova, the 21-year-old suspect, who is currently in Ukrainian custody, may face up to life in prison if convicted of murder.

Last week, Venediktova announced the name of the first suspected of torturing and murdering civilians in the town

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