2 Russian soldiers convicted in Ukraine trial

AP , Tuesday 31 May 2022

A court in Ukraine has convicted two Russian soldiers of war crimes for the shelling of civilian buildings and sentenced both to 11 1/2 years in prison. Tuesday's verdict concluded the country's second war crimes trial since the Russian invasion started.

Ukrainian Soldiers
Two soldiers ride scooters during Kyiv Day celebrations in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, May 29, 2022. Ukraine s capital celebrates the anniversary of its foundation every last Sunday of May. AP


Russian servicemen Alexander Bobykin and Alexander Ivanov were charged with violating the laws and customs of war over the shelling of civilian infrastructure in the Kharkiv region on the first day of the Russian attack on Ukraine. They both stood trial in a court in Ukraine's Poltava region and pleaded guilty to the charges.

Earlier this month, a court in Kyiv sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison for fatally shooting a Ukrainian civilian in the first war crimes trial since Russia invaded.

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