Ukraine jails 2 Russian soldiers for shelling villages: report

Ukraine jails 2 Russian soldiers for shelling villages: report

Both soldiers were convicted of firing on two villages in the early hours of the Moscow offensive.

Kiev:

Two Russian soldiers were sentenced on Tuesday to more than 11 years in prison after a court in central Ukraine found them guilty of firing artillery at civilians.

The verdict comes a week after another court in the capital, Kiev, sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison in the Poltava region – the country’s first judicial account of Russia’s invasion.

The soldiers convicted on Tuesday – Alexander Bobkin and Alexander Ivanov – were both sentenced to 11 years in prison and six months in prison for “violating the laws and customs of war.”

They were convicted of firing Grad missiles at two villages in the northeastern Kharkiv region early in the war.

Interfax reported that both defendants had pleaded guilty earlier.

It said their legal defense had requested a more humble punishment, claiming that soldiers were following orders and working under duress.

The verdict against the Russian military is expected to be the first of its kind this month.

Ukraine says it has already launched an investigation into thousands of war crimes since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops.

Rights groups have expressed hope that the trial of Russian troops in Ukraine will be fair and transparent.

After convicting 21-year-old Vadim Shishimarin in Kiev, the Kremlin said it had received no information about his case during his trial.

Ukrainian lawyers representing the Russian military say they have not contacted legal or military officials in Moscow.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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