(ANSA) - KIEV, MAY 19 - Russian sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, tried in Kiev for war crimes and premeditated murder of an unarmed 62-year-old civilian in the Sumy region at the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, asked for 'forgiveness'.
"I know that you will not be able to forgive me, but in any case I ask your forgiveness," the military man from the defendants' cage said in Russian, addressing the wife of the man he admitted to killing.
In his testimony, the defendant-soldier recounted in detail how he shot the man on the bicycle.
Sergeant Shishimarin said he initially refused to shoot, but was ordered and threatened by another soldier.
Kateryna Shelipova, widow of the man killed while cycling the village of Chupakhivkai, also gave her testimony before the three judges of the Solomyansky District Court of the Ukrainian capital: "My husband worked as a trafficker, we had no weapons. He was in civilian clothes. With my husband I lost everything. , he was my protector, "he said.