Vadim Shishimarin, who is the Russian sergeant on trial

Rome, May 13, 2022 – The Russian soldier Vadim Shyshimarin, 21, has the rank of sergeant and the face of a child. The photos show when, when questioned, he must answer a horrible crime, one of too many crimes committed every day in war: he shot a man on a bicycle. Hit in the head, died immediately. The first trial for violation of the laws and customs of war. Sergeant Vadim faces life imprisonment. First Russian soldier tried by a Ukrainian court.

The accusations

The investigations in Kiev would have ascertained that on February 28 a Chupakhivka, in the Sumy region, the sergeant shot a civilian on a bicycle. A 62-year-old man who was shot while talking on the phone. Defenseless. An image that refers to other scenes unfortunately similar. Which bring us back to the horrors of Bucha, to the tank that is seen shooting at a civilian on a bicycle. Images that have changed the perception of war in the West.

In the glass cage

The story of Sergeant Vadim went around the world. The photos and videos show the Russian sergeant in a glass cage, hair ratato, head bowed, all around journalists photographing him. Sergeant of unit 32010, 4th tank division of the Kantemirovskaya guard of the Moscow region.

Vadim Shishimarin, 21, Russian sergeant on trial
Vadim Shishimarin, 21, Russian sergeant on trial

The interview in March

In a YouTube video recorded on March 19, the sergeant was seen answering questions from a Ukrainian blogger. He followed orders, He says. His unity of him, he explains, was told that he would take part in military exercises in Voronezh.

Soldiers little boys

The images of the war in Ukraine also give us this, very young soldiers sent by Putin to the front. With the passing of the weeks and the uncertain course of the conflict, dramatic stories of mutinies follow one another, even serious injuries that the soldiers get to be sent home, even suicides. It is often difficult to verify the sources, but such stories flood the web.

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