Tuesday, a Ukrainian court sentenced two captured Russian soldiers to 11.5 years in prison for shelling a community in eastern Ukraine. This is the second war crimes conviction since Russia’s invasion began in February.
Alexander Bobikin and Alexander Ivanov, who listened to the judgement while standing in a reinforced glass box at the Kotelevska district court in central Ukraine last week, pled guilty.
“Bobikin and Ivanov’s culpability has been fully established,” remarked Judge Evhen Bolybok.
Both admitted last week to being members of an artillery battalion that fired on Kharkiv targets from the Russian region of Belgorod.
The bombardment wrecked a school in the town of Derhachi, but caused no injuries, according to the prosecutors.
Artillery driver Bobikin and gunner Ivanov were apprehended after crossing the border and continued the shelling.
The prosecution had requested the court to sentence the two Russian soldiers to 12 years in prison, while the defence argued that the two had been obeying orders and had repented.