The Prosecutor General’s Office Irina Venediktova said in a statement that Vadim Shishimarin is accused of shooting with a Kalashnikov rifle from the window of a car he was traveling in to shoot an unarmed 62-year-old civilian.
The statement added that the accused soldier was traveling with four other Russian soldiers after their convoy was attacked on February 28 and stole a car near the village of Chubakhivka. He added that “one of the soldiers ordered the accused to kill a civilian so that he would not report them.” The man, whose identity has not been identified, “died on the spot, a few dozen meters from his house.”
Vadim Shishimarin, who is arrested, faces life imprisonment if convicted of war crimes and premeditated murder. No trial date has been set.
Kyiv and Washington have repeatedly accused Russia of committing war crimes in Ukraine since its offensive began on February 24. Investigations by the International Criminal Court and the Ukrainian authorities are still ongoing.
An extraordinary session of the Human Rights Council is scheduled for Thursday in Geneva, at the request of Kyiv, to discuss “the deterioration of the human rights situation in Ukraine”. Russia, which became a minor observer after leaving this organization in April, decided not to participate.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday in Tokyo that Russia “is today the greatest direct threat to the world order through the brutal war against Ukraine and its worrying agreement with China.”
The UN Security Council is also scheduled to meet on Thursday at 2 pm GMT, at the request of France and Mexico, to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
What is beyond the bounds?
On the ground, the fighting continues with the fear that the conflict will extend beyond the Ukrainian borders.
The governor of Russia’s Belgorod region bordering Ukraine in southwest Russia said on Wednesday – citing a report from the Regional Health Ministry – that explosions from Ukraine killed one person and wounded six.
In addition, Russia is also suspected of eyeing Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova whose southern tip is located only about sixty kilometers from the large Ukrainian city of Odessa on the Black Sea. In late April and early May, eruptions rocked Transnistria. The European Union announced on May 4 that it would “significantly increase” its military assistance to Moldova.
The Ukrainian command in the south stressed that Russian forces were “mercilessly” striking the Mykolaiv region, which was the last lock before Odessa.
The Ukrainian Chief of Staff clarified on Wednesday evening that the Russians are continuing their operations in the east, in particular towards Slobozansky and Donetsk – in particular Robyzhny and Lyman to control them – but not towards Kharkiv near the Bitumnyk region “liberated” by Ukrainian fighters.
Kyiv had the pleasure of repelling the Russian forces who had been shooting for weeks on the northeastern regions of Kharkiv, the second largest city in the country, and captured some of the small towns in this area very close to the Russian border.
On the other hand, one of its pro-Russian officials said, on Wednesday, that the Kherson region – which has been occupied by the Russians since the beginning of March – will request its annexation to Russia.
The Russian forces are advancing slowly on the Donbass River. The besieged twin cities of Severodonetsk and Lysichansk in particular look as if they could fall at any moment
In Mariupol, if the hundreds of fighters who are holed up there still keep the steel mills of Azovstal, they are also constantly bombarded, according to KEV. This site represents the last stronghold of the Ukrainian resistance in this strategic port city.
The commander of the 36th Marine Brigade in Mariupol, Sergei Volina, made a direct appeal to the American billionaire Elon Musk: “People say that you came from another planet to teach people to believe in the impossible. […] Where I live, it is almost impossible for me to live.”
“Help us leave Azovstal for a third country. Give me evidence, ”the commander continued.
In his daily message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday evening that he had discussed with German Chancellor Olaf Schulz the need to tighten sanctions against Moscow.
He had called again earlier on Wednesday for his country’s membership in the European Union, while French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Monday that it would take “decades”.
At the moment, the European Union is trying to persuade its 27 member states to adopt a draft Russian oil embargo, which was banned by Budapest.