The first Russian soldier was tried by Ukraine, Kiev wants the G7 to collect Russian assets for reconstruction
A 21-year-old soldier has become the first Russian soldier to be tried by Ukraine for war crimes at a trial in the capital Kiev on May 13.
Vadim Shishimarin to appear in court in first war crimes trial since Russia opened offensive campaign Ukraine February 24. CNN quoted a statement from the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office as saying that the soldier was accused of killing a 62-year-old man in the Sumy region.
The Kiev investigation alleges that Shishimarin shot dead an unarmed civilian cycling along a road in the village of Chupakhivka on February 28. According to the prosecutor, Russian soldiers entered the village in a stolen car with a punctured tire, after their convoy was attacked by Ukrainian forces.
When this group of Russian soldiers saw the old man riding his bicycle while calling on the phone, one of the group ordered Sergeant Shishimarin to kill him so that he could not inform the Ukrainian army. Prosecutors say Shishimarin used a Kalashnikov to shoot the man in the head several times.
“Shishimarin is being held. Prosecutors and investigators from the Security Service of Ukraine have gathered enough evidence that he was involved in violations of the laws and rules of war, combined with premeditated murder. , quoted the announcement of Ukraine’s Chief Prosecutor Iryna Venediktova on Facebook.
If convicted, Shishimarin faces sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison.
Asked to comment on the trial, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he had no information about the case.
Ukraine asks G7 to confiscate Russian assets to rebuild the country
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on May 13 that the country asked the Group of 7 industrialized economies (G7) to seize Russian assets and hand them over to Kiev to help them rebuild after months of war. painting.
Mr. Kuleba made the suggestion while speaking at a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in northern Germany. “We are talking about hundreds of billions of dollars. Russia has to pay,” Mr. Kuleba told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting.
The leader of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry also called on the European Union (EU) to promote broader sanctions plans against Russia, including an oil embargo. He expressed hope that Hungary would drop its opposition to the plan.
According to Reuters, the G7 foreign ministers supported providing more aid and weapons to Kiev. Germany described this as a “strong sign of solidarity” aimed at deepening Russia’s international isolation.
Mr. Kuleba confirmed that there have been many improvements in the supply of weapons for Ukrainebut Kiev still needs more, especially multiple rocket launchers, to be able to continue against Moscow.
EU will provide aid package of 521 million USD to Kiev
On the way to a meeting with G7 foreign ministers in Weissenhaus, Germany, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell revealed that the alliance will provide a new military aid package, worth 521 million USD for Ukraine.
According to Borrell, the G7 will “put more pressure on Russia” in terms of economic sanctions. This diplomat is optimistic about the possibility that the group will reach an agreement on an oil import ban Russia. He also emphasized the importance of countries giving up dependence on fuel supplies from the country of birch.
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