A Ukrainian court has sentenced a Russian tanker to 10 years in prison for shooting at a residential building, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced on Monday.
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Sergeant Mikhail Kulikov, taken prisoner at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, was found guilty of “violation of the laws and customs of war” by a court in Cherniguiv, in northern Ukraine.
According to the SBU, “it was established that the Russian tanker had crossed the border of Ukraine on February 24 from Belarus” then, advancing towards this regional capital hard hit by the fighting, “bombarded localities”.
“On February 26, following the order of his commander, he notably fired on an 11-storey residential building housing civilians. Several apartments were destroyed”, continues the SBU, according to which its tank had been intercepted shortly after and Sergeant Kulikov captured.
In May, the Ukrainian justice had already sentenced to life imprisonment a 21-year-old Russian non-commissioned officer, Vadim Chichimarine, for the murder of a civilian, a sentence lowered on appeal to 15 years in prison. He was the first Russian soldier to be tried for a war crime since the start of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Two soldiers accused of bombing two villages in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine with multiple missile launchers on the first day of the war have been sentenced to 11 years in prison and several other cases are currently pending. being judged.