Two Russian soldiers get 11.5 yrs jail term in Ukraine

Two Russian soldiers get 11.5 yrs jail term in Ukraine

Kyiv: Two Russian soldier were sentenced to 11.5 year jail term by a Ukrainian court for ”violating the laws of war”.
During an earlier hearing, Oleksandr Bobykin and Oleksandr Ivanov, pleaded guilty to the charges levelled by Ukraine authority. They were booked for ‘firing Grad rockets’ towards Ukraine’s Kharkhiv region from Russia’s Belgorod region on February 24 when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“The court found no evidence of coercion. The defendants pleaded guilty. The court ruled that their guilt has been fully proven,” CNN quoted the Judge as saying in an online livestream of the hearing at the Kotelevsky district court in the Poltava region Tuesday.
They had fired artillery and damaged “objects of civil and critical infrastructure, including private homes” in Kazacha Lopan and Veterynrne in the Kharkiv region, CNN reported citing the case details published on the court website.
According to the court memos, the Ukrainian forces in Kharkiv region had captured them.
On May 23, Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin was also sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a 62-year-old unarmed man in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since the ongoing conflict between the two nations started.
He had pleaded guilty to shooting the civilian to death on the fourth day of the conflict.
UNI

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