Russian soldier (21) pleads guilty at Ukraine war crimes trial

John Maytham interviews international correspondent Adam Gilchrist.

He looks young and bewildered. And yet, he killed an elderly Ukrainian for absolutely no reason whatsoever…

John Maytham, presenter - Afternoon Drive on CapeTalk

A 21-year-old Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to murdering an unarmed, old Ukrainian man.

Vadim Shishimarin shot 62-year-old Oleksandr Shelipov while he was riding a bicycle.

Shishimarin “totally accepts guilt” and faces a lifetime in jail.

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“I feel deeply sorry for him," said Shelipov’s wife.

"But for a crime like that; I can't forgive him."

Russia denies targeting civilians.



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John Maytham interviewed international correspondent Adam Gilchrist on Thursday.

He did it under orders… He also pleaded guilty… It’s absolutely a war crime to deliberately attack civilians. Ukraine says it has identified more than 10,000 war crimes.

Adam Gilchrist, international correspondent

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