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Kiev court sentences Russian serviceman Shishimarin to life imprisonment -- media

A court in Kiev has sentenced Russian serviceman Vadim Shishimarin to life in prison, Strana, a Ukrainian internet media outlet, reported on Monday.

A video of the judge reading out the sentence to the Russian soldier was published on the media's Telegram channel. "The court found Shishimarin guilty of committing a criminal offense under part 2 of Article 488 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine and sentenced him to life imprisonment. The term of serving the sentence to Shishimarin to consider from March 1, 2022. The preventive measure for Shishimarin should be left unchanged: detention," the judge announced.

Russian serviceman Vadim Shishimarin's defense has already announced that he intends to appeal.

Shishimarin is the first Russian serviceman sentenced by a Ukrainian court since the start of Russia's special military operation.

Earlier, Ukraine's Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova claimed that Shishimarin was accused of killing a civilian in the Sumy region. She stated that about 13,000 cases were opened against Russian servicemen in the country and 49 servicemen were indicted.

Tensions escalated along the line of contact in Donbass on February 17. The Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics reported the heaviest shelling by the Ukrainian armed forces in months. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced tthat he recognized the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics in accordance with their constitutions within the borders of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions at the beginning of 2014. On February 24, in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics, he announced a special military operation; the goal of the operation is to demilitarize and denazify the country. The DPR and LPR began an operation to liberate their territories, which were under Kiev's control.

[Source: Tass, Kiev, 23May22]

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