Live Updates | Russian soldier sentenced to life in Ukraine

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KYIV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian court on Monday sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison for killing a Ukrainian civilian, in the first war crimes trial held since the invasion of Russia.

sergeant. Vadim Shishimarin was accused of shooting a Ukrainian civilian in the head in a village in the northeast region of Sumy at the start of the war.

He pleaded guilty and said he shot the man after being ordered to. He told the court that an officer insisted that the Ukrainian man, who was talking on his mobile phone, be able to report their location to Ukrainian forces.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR:

—’They ruined everything’: Fleeing devastation in Ukraine

— The Russian offensive turns towards the key city of Donbassheavy shelling

— “A long journey”: volunteers from Belarus fight for ukraine

— After 3 months of war, life in Russia has changed profoundly

– Russia’s claim of Mariupol capture stokes POW concerns

Follow AP’s coverage of the war in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

KYIV, Ukraine — A Mariupol official on Monday sounded the alarm over the growing threat of an outbreak in the ravaged port city captured by the Russians, pointing to unsanitary conditions made worse by weather.

Mayor’s adviser Petro Andryushchenko said on Telegram that storm drains and sewers cause rainwater to spill into the city “along with rotting garbage and poison from corpses”.

“The threat of an epidemic becomes a reality with every thunderstorm,” Andryushchenko wrote, adding that Russian forces in the city “continue to ignore health issues and are only busy arranging ‘good photos’ depicting fictional “life improvements”.

The official said Mariupol “desperately needs a new wave of evacuations”.

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The head of the Russian-backed separatist region in eastern Ukraine says Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal steel plant captured by Russian forces are being held in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and will face an “international court”.

“The plan is to organize the international tribunal on the territory of the republic as well,” said Denis Pushilin, quoted by the Interfax news agency. Pushilin added that “at the moment the court’s charter is being worked out.”

Pushilin said earlier that 2,439 people from Azovstal were in custody, including some foreign nationals, although he did not provide details.

Family members of steel mill fighters, who hailed from various military and law enforcement units, pleaded for them to be granted rights as POWs and eventually returned to Ukraine .

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MOSCOW — The Russian military released footage on Monday of demining specialists working at the recently overwhelmed Azostal steelworks in the captured port city of Mariupol.

According to the official RIA Novosti news agency, the Russian Defense Ministry said that over the past two days more than 100 explosives have been destroyed.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces shelled the Dnipropetrovsk region in southeastern Ukraine overnight, its governor Valentyn Reznichenko said Monday morning.

The Dnipropetrovsk region borders the Donetsk region, which remains the center of the Russian offensive in the east.

According to Reznichenko, the Russians used the Uragan or “Hurricane” multiple rocket launch system and the shelling struck “between the two settlements”. No one was injured, he added.

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LONDON — British military officials say Russian forces in Ukraine suffered a death rate similar to that suffered by the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan.

The British Ministry of Defence, in a briefing released Monday morning, says the high casualty rate in the first three months of the war was due to poor tactics, limited air cover, a lack of flexibility and a command approach that reinforces failure and repeats mistakes. .

The ministry says the death toll could weaken support for the war among members of the Russian public, who have been sensitive to losses from past wars.

“As the losses suffered in Ukraine continue to mount, they will become more apparent, and public dissatisfaction with the war and the will to express it may increase,” the ministry said.

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