Kyiv — Brutalism in RussiaAs we enter Week 11, new allegations of war crimes by Russian forces are emerging almost daily. Ukrainian officials recently claimed that Vladimir Putin’s troops attacked two schools to the north, killing three people and injuring 12 others.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “Russian military commanders who issue such orders are simply sick and incurable.”
These reports surfaced in the first trial of the alleged Russian soldier.Started on Thursday: Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is charged with shooting in the head of a 62-year-old Ukrainian civilian man in the northeastern town of Chupakhivka early in the war. He faces life in prison if convicted.
Reporters appeared in a small courtroom in Kyiv on Friday when Shishimarin appeared in the cage of the Yuri defendant.
Shishimarin is part of a group of Russian tanks captured by Ukrainian forces after being driven north of the capital by Ukrainian forces just days after the invasion began on February 24. He admitted that he shot the man in the incident. Ukrainian officials said the video was captured by the National Security Agency.
“I was ordered to shoot,” Shishimarin said in the confession video. The video appears to have been edited by Ukrainian authorities. “I shot him. He fell. And we kept going.”
Ukraine’s National Security Agency said Shishimarin’s video statement was “the first confession of an enemy aggressor”.
However, reports of atrocities continue to rise while a Russian soldier is being detained, and as CBS News correspondent Debora Patta reported on Friday, fighting continues in vast areas of eastern Ukraine.
Russia makes up for what it has so far lacked in its military strategy with indiscriminate artillery and an endless supply of lethal artillery.
Zelenskyy said on Thursday night Russian shells fell on two school buildings near the northern city of Chernihiv.
“What’s the use of ruining a school?” He asked the Ukrainian people in his nightly speeches: “The Russian state is in a state where all education can be in the way.”
Ukrainian soldiers in the southern port city of MariupolThey continued to hold back the Russians with all their reserves, remarkably.
In the northeast, Ukrainian troops are steadily pushing out Russian troops in Kharkiv, Russia’s second-largest city.
But for Ukrainian civilians, Patta says that 11 weeks of endless torment has inflicted devastating damage. In the village of Stepanki, the daughter of 52-year-old Olga Karpenko was unable to avoid Russian tanks directly attacking her home.
It’s not safe enough to remove her daughter’s body from the wreckage, so Karpenko is forced to relive the trauma every day.
“She didn’t die right away,” said the surviving mother. “She suffered almost all day.”
Where the atrocities of the Russian war continue in the east, new claims of atrocities continue to emerge. Where Putin’s army has retreated, all they have left is anguish.