The lawyer for the Russian soldier accused of war crimes in Kyiv has called for his client to be acquitted. “Taking into account all the evidence and testimonies, I am of the opinion that Mr. Sh. is not guilty of the crime he is accused of,” said Vadim Sh.’s defense attorney. in court on Friday. The 21-year-old said he was “really sorry” about his actions.

Prosecutors are asking for a life sentence for war crimes. Vadim Sch. confessed to shooting dead an unarmed civilian in a stolen car on February 28 in the northern Ukrainian village of Chupakhivka. “I know you cannot forgive me, but I still ask for forgiveness,” he told the 62-year-old victim’s wife at the hearing in Kyiv on Thursday.

sh wanted to flee with four comrades in a stolen car after an attack on his convoy in northern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian investigators. The victim witnessed the theft of the car. In court confirmed Sch. this representation.