May 31, 2022 - World

Russian soldiers sentenced in second war crimes trial

A woman walks past a heavily damaged residential building in the Saltivka district, northern Kharkiv on May 29, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine.

A woman walks past a damaged residential building in the Saltivka district, northern Kharkiv, on May 29. Photo: Genya Savilov/AFP via Getty Images

A Ukrainian court on Tuesday sentenced two Russian soldiers to 11 and a half years in prison in the second war crimes trial of the war, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: Alexander Bobikin and Alexander Ivanov pleaded guilty last week. "The guilt of Bobikin and Ivanov has been proved in full," Judge Evhen Bolybok said during the sentencing.

State of play: Bobikin and Ivanov acknowledged last week that they were involved in shelling targets in the Kharkiv region, destroying an educational establishment in the town of Derhachi.

  • Ukrainian prosecutors had asked for the two captured soldiers to be jailed for 12 years.
  • Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian soldier, was sentenced to life in prison this month for committing war crimes during Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

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