Kyiv, Ukraine – A Ukrainian court on Monday sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison for killing a Ukrainian civilian in the first war crimes trial since the Russian invasion.
Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin was accused of shooting a Ukrainian civilian in the head in a village in the north-eastern Sumy region in the early days of the war.
He pleaded guilty and testified that he shot the man on orders. He told the court that an official had insisted that the Ukrainian, who was on his mobile phone, could pinpoint their whereabouts to Ukrainian forces.
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Kyiv, Ukraine — A Mariupol official on Monday sounded the alarm over the growing threat of an epidemic in the devastated port city captured by the Russians, pointing to unsanitary conditions made worse by the weather.
Mayoral Advisor Petro Andryushchenko said on Telegram that rainwater and sewers are causing rainwater to spill over the city “along with rotting garbage and cadaveric poison.”
“The threat of an epidemic becomes a reality with every thunderstorm,” Andryushchenko wrote, adding that Russian forces in the city “continue to ignore sanitation challenges and are only busy arranging ‘good photos’ depicting fictional ‘life improvements.’ .”
The official said Mariupol “urgently needs a new wave of evacuations.”
The head of the Russian-backed separatist region in eastern Ukraine says Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal Steel Plant who were captured by Russian forces are being held in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, where they will be tried by an “international tribunal”.
“It is planned to set up the international tribunal on the territory of the republic as well,” Denis Pushilin was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. Pushilin added that “at the moment the charter for the tribunal is being drafted”.
Pushilin previously said that 2,439 people from Azovstal were in detention, including some foreigners, although he gave no details.
Family members of the steel mill militants, who came from various military and law enforcement units, have argued that they should be granted prisoner-of-war rights and eventually returned to Ukraine.
MOSCOW – The Russian military on Monday released footage of demining specialists working at the recently acquired Azostal Steelworks in the captured port city of Mariupol.
Russia’s Defense Ministry was quoted by the state news agency RIA Novosti as saying that more than 100 explosive devices had been destroyed in the past two days.
Kyiv, Ukraine – Russian forces shelled the Dnipropetrovsk region in southeastern Ukraine overnight, its governor Valentyn Reznichenko said Monday morning.
The Dnipropetrovsk region borders on the Donetsk region, which remains the focus of the Russian offensive in the east.
According to Reznichenko, the Russians used the Uragan or “Hurricane” multiple rocket launch system and hit the shelling “between the two settlements.” No one was injured, he added.
LONDON — British military officials say Russian forces in Ukraine have experienced a death toll similar to that experienced by the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense says in a briefing released Monday morning that the high casualty rate in the first three months of the war was due to poor tactics, limited air cover, a lack of flexibility and a leadership approach that breeds failure and repeats mistakes.
The ministry says the death toll could weaken support for the war among members of the Russian public who have been sensitive to casualties in previous wars.
“If the number of casualties suffered in Ukraine continues to increase, they will become more obvious and public dissatisfaction with the war and willingness to speak out about it could increase,” the ministry said.
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