Two Russian soldiers were sentenced by a Ukrainian court to 11 and a quarter years imprisonment on Tuesday, May 31, for their role in bombarding with multiple missile launchers two villages of Kharkiv, east Ukraine, during the initial day of the attack. 'invasion.
Alexander Bobykin, Alexander Ivanov were found guilty of violating the laws and customs in war after a trial that began mid-May near Poltava. The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine announced the verdict via Telegram. According to the prosecution, both defendants "fully confessed their guilt".
Two soldiers, a driver-loader as well as an artilleryman were accused of firing on February 24 using Grad multiple missile launchers, from the Belgorod Region in Russia, at "critical infrastructure" and buildings of habitation in the villages of Kozatchia Lopan, and Veterynarne in the Kharkiv area.
According to the prosecution they crossed the Ukrainian border and continued their shelling. The Ukrainian army captured the two soldiers after they destroyed their military column.
Ukrainian justice had already sent Vadim Chichimarine (a Russian non-commissioned officer aged 21) to life imprisonment for murdering a civilian on May 23. Since the invasion of Ukraine, February 24, 2014, he was the first Russian soldier to face trial for war crimes.
Ukrainian prosecutor Iryna Vediktova announced Monday that the first case regarding a Russian soldier-committed rape was being opened.
A Russian soldier is accused of killing a civilian and raping his spouse during the Occupation of Brovary near Kiev. According to Iryna Vediktova, the accused has not been arrested but is still "currently wanted".
Two other Russian soldiers are being investigated by the prosecution for torturing civilians in Cherniguiv in northern Ukraine.