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Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine’s 1st war crimes trial

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By ELENA BECATOROS, OLEKSANDR STASHEVSKYI and RICARDO MAZALAN
Associated Press

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a Ukrainian civilian was sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing Monday comes amid signs the Kremlin may hold trials of its own, particularly against the captured Ukrainian fighters who held out at Mariupol’s steel plant. Meanwhile, in a rare public expression of opposition to the war from the ranks of the Russian elite, a veteran diplomat resigned and sent a letter to foreign colleagues in which he said he had never been so ashamed of his country as he was on the day Moscow invaded. On the battlefield, heavy fighting raged in the Donbas in the east, where Moscow’s forces have stepped up bombardments.

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  1. Since at least WWII the defense of “just following orders” has carried no weight, so a harsh sentence was only to be expected. My guess is that it will be reduced or commuted in time, or that this kid will be exchanged. I look at him, and others like him, as victims of this conflict, being thrown into an unjust and indefensible war because of an ego-driven leader attempting to cement his legacy as the father of a new Russian empire.

    1. LOL every single glow worm agency in the state “just followed orders”, including city councils, schools, and countless commenters on here

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