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Russian soldier sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia for shooting 2 Ukrainian civilians in back – video

Friday, 12 January 2024, 12:49
Russian soldier sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia for shooting 2 Ukrainian civilians in back – video
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A court has convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment a Russian soldier who shot two civilians in the back near the village of Mriia in Kyiv Oblast.

Source: Kyiv Oblast Prosecutor's Office; Ukrainska Pravda 

Details: The court found a senior lieutenant of the 5th Separate Guards Tank Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces guilty of violating the laws and customs of war, combined with deliberate homicide. He was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment.

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Ukrainska Pravda has information that the man in question is a 28-year-old native of Omsk, Nikolai Sokovikov.

Prosecutors in court proved that in March 2022, five Russian servicemen in a car with the letter "V" and the inscription "Tank Special Forces RUS" arrived at a car dealership near the village of Mriia in the Bucha district of Kyiv Oblast.

At that time, two unarmed civilians – the owner and a security guard of the company – came out to the occupiers. The invaders, convinced that these people did not pose any threat to them, allowed them to leave. However, as soon as they moved a few metres away, the convict and an unidentified serviceman insidiously opened fire with automatic weapons in the back of the civilians.

The men died from at least 12 gunshot wounds.

After that, the occupiers entered the premises on the territory of the car dealership and stole material assets, loading the loot into a car.

This crime by the Russian military was recorded by the company's CCTV cameras.

The Prosecutor's Office noted that the materials in respect of other persons involved in the crime have been separated into separate criminal proceedings.

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