Vadim Shishimarin , 21, was found guilty in the first trial in Kiev for war crimes and was sentenced to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian just days after the Russian invasion began. The Kiev court, Ukrainian media explained, found evidence against Shishimarin and concluded that the murder was premeditated . The court rejected the defense's arguments that the soldier carried out the order because it was given by another military man. Shishimarin, according to what is learned, will appeal.
Meanwhile, according to British intelligence, the death toll among Russian troops in Ukraine in the first three months of the country's invasion is similar to that recorded by the then Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan. London does not estimate dead soldiers but evidence that the "high death rate" is due to a number of factors, including limited air coverage , a lack of flexibility and a command approach that reinforces failures and leads to repeat mistakes. And the losses , he stresses, continue to increase in the Donbass offensive . This continuous increase in the deaths in the ranks of the army, the intelligence concludes, could lead to growing dissatisfaction on the part of the Russian population .
As for the fate of the soldiers who surrendered to Mariupol's Azovstal "we cannot discuss the possibility of exchanging" the pro-Russian oligarch Medvedchuk, who "is not a military man, with those who have left Azovstal", said the spokesman. Kremlin Dmitri Peskov, according to Russian agencies Tass and Interfax. For the head of the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk Pushilin, all Azovstal prisoners held in Donetsk will be tried by a court .
According to US President Joe Biden , Russia must pay "a long-term price" for attacking Ukraine with an action aimed at "destroying Ukraine's identity". He said this when speaking at a press conference in Tokyo with the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after their summit: "It is the cost of those who want to change the assets with the use of force", he added.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian intelligence reveals the attempted attack against Vladimir Putin two months ago. The attempt, however, failed.
And, speaking of Putin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has returned to solicit a direct meeting with the Kremlin's number one : "Only a conversation between him and me can end the war," said the leader of Kiev.
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Zelensky: "Only my meeting with Putin will end the war"
"I do not accept any meeting with Russian mediators, but only with President Vladimir Putin, and the
There must be only one issue on the table: ending the war ". President Volodymyr Zelensky said this, quoted by the Ukrinform agency." Without him decisions are not made and we must be well aware of it - added Zelensky -. And if we are talking about a decision to end the war, without him this decision will not be made. "
"Putin escaped an attack"
Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly escaped an attack after the war in Ukraine began. This was claimed by Kyrylo Budanov, chief of intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, according to reports from several Ukrainian media including Ukrainska Pravda. "There was an attempt not long ago. This is non-public information and an absolutely failed attempt. But it really happened about 2 months ago," said Budanov.
UN, Russian councilor resigns: "I am ashamed"
An advisor to the Russian mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Boris Bondarev, has resigned from his post to denounce the invasion of Ukraine. This was stated by the NGO UN Watch, which published the diplomat's farewell letter. "I've never been so ashamed of mine
Country ", reads the text, which describes the war in Moscow as" the most serious crime against the Russian people ", committed by a leadership group" who only wants one thing, that is to remain in power forever ".
Kiev: "4,600 civilians killed since the beginning of the war, 232 children"
"Russia has killed at least 4,600 civilians in Ukraine since February 24, including 232 children." This was reported by the Ukrainian attorney general, Iryna Venediktova, quoted by the Kyiv Independent, stressing that the budget does not take into account the data of the territories occupied by the Russians.
Zelensky: "87 bodies found under the rubble on Desna"
"Today we have finished the work on the Desna. Unfortunately the statistics are as follows: today we found 87 bodies under the rubble. Without these people it will be the future of Ukraine". Thus Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the World Economic Forum. A week ago there was an air strike against the village of Desna, in the Chernihiv region, near which the Ukrainian Armed Forces training center is located.
Life imprisonment for Russian soldier accused of war crimes
Vadim Shishimarin, 21, was found guilty in the first trial in Kiev for war crimes and was sentenced to life in prison for killing an unarmed civilian just days after the Russian invasion began. The BBC announces it.
Filorussi: "We will process all the Azovstal prisoners"
All Azovstal prisoners held in Donetsk will be tried there by a court. This was announced by the head of the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk Pushilin, as reported by Interfax.
Zelensky: "100 Ukrainians killed every day on the eastern front"
From a minimum of 50 to a maximum of 100 Ukrainians die every day on the eastern front of the war against Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. The Guardian reports it. The heaviest fighting, underlines the newspaper, is now concentrated around the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, in Lugansk (east), one of the two regions of Donbass.
Kiev, 29,200 Russian soldiers killed since the beginning of the war
At least 29,200 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine since the invasion began three months ago, according to the Kiev army. In its update on the losses suffered by Moscow so far, the army indicates that 204 fighters, 170 helicopters and 476 drones have been shot down after 88 days of conflict. In addition, the Kiev forces claim to have destroyed 1,293 Russian tanks, 604 pieces of artillery, 3,166 armored vehicles for transporting troops, 110 cruise missiles, 201 rocket launchers, 13 ships, 2,206 vehicles and tankers for the transport of fuel, 93 anti-aircraft defense units and 43 special equipment units.
So far 150 bodies found under the rubble in Kharkiv
Over 150 bodies were found by the Ukrainian state emergency service under the rubble in the city of Kharkiv (east) since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the deputy head of the service, Anatolii Torianyk, reported the Kyiv Independent. So far, Torianyk added, 98 people have been rescued.