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Diplomat Kremlin resigns: “I have never been so ashamed of my country.”



Russian soldiers who were taken prisoner for murdering civilians were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Ukrainian court on Monday. The Kremlin could bring some of the surrendered fighters to trial at the Mariupol steelworks.

Meanwhile, in a rare public expression of opposition to the war from the Russian elite class, veteran Kremlin diplomat resigned and sent a bitter letter to a foreign colleague he said about the aggression. Country as of February 24. “

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also called for “greatest” sanctions against Russia in a video speech to world leaders and executives at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He also revealed that a missile attack on a village near Kieu, one of the most deadly single strikes in the war, killed nearly 90 people.

And on the battlefield, fierce battles intensified in the eastern Donbus, where Moscow troops intensified their artillery. Cities not under Russian control were constantly bombarded, and one Ukrainian official said Russian troops had targeted civilians trying to flee.

The first of what could be a number of war crimes trials conducted by Ukraine, Russian Sergeant. 21-year-old Vadim Sisimarin was convicted of the murder of a 62-year-old man who was shot in the head in a village in northeastern Sumy on the first day of the war.

Hayashi Shishima, a member of the tank unit, apologized to the man’s widow in court, claiming he was following orders.

His Ukrainian-appointed defense counsel, Victor Ovshanikov, said his client was unprepared for the “violent military conflict” and large-scale casualties encountered when the Russian army invaded. Insisted. He said he would sue.

Volodymyr Yavorskyy, an advocate of Ukrainian civil liberties, said it was “a very harsh decision on the murder of one during the war.” However, UK-based human rights lawyer Aarif Abraham said the trial “looks like a complete and fair due process,” including access to lawyers.

Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating thousands of potential war crimes. Russian troops in Mariupol bombed a theater where civilians had been evacuated and attacked a maternity hospital. Mass graves were discovered a few weeks ago in the wake of Moscow’s withdrawal from the area around Kieu, and bodies were scattered on the streets in towns such as Bucha.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said before Sisimarin’s ruling that Moscow could not protect its soldiers, but would consider doing so “through other channels.”

Mary Ellen O’Connell, an expert in international law at the University of Notre Dame, said bringing Sisimarin to justice could prove “very harmful to Ukrainian soldiers in Russia’s hands.” Stated. She said Russia may decide to hold a Ukrainian “show trial” to boost the morale of its soldiers and disinformation.

“Maybe that would have happened if the Ukrainians hadn’t started the trial,” O’Connell said. “But the timing suggests that the Ukrainians should refrain and probably still do, so the Russians said,” We went to their soldiers what they did to us. I’m just there. “

Russian officials have threatened to try the captured Ukrainians, fighters who fought at the shattered steelworks of Mariupol, the last stand of the strategic southern port city. They surrendered and were taken prisoner last week. At that point Moscow claimed that the capture of Mariupol was complete.

A major Russian investigative body said it would “identify nationalists” to Mariupol’s defenders and cross-examine them to determine if they were involved in crimes against civilians.

Russian officials seized the far-right origin of the regiment there, calling the Azov Battalion fighters “Nazis” and accusing their commanders without evidence of “massive atrocities.” The Russian Supreme Prosecutor has requested the Supreme Court of the State to designate Azov. Regiment of terrorist organizations.

The fighter family begged for a final return to Ukraine as part of the prisoner exchange.

Elsewhere, Boris Bondarev, a veteran Russian diplomat at the UN office in Geneva, has resigned and sent a letter condemning the “war of aggression” by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I can’t stand what my government is doing,” Bondarev told The Associated Press.

In his letter, Bondarev said that those who came up with the war “maintained power forever, lived in luxurious tasteless palace, yachted at tonnage and cost comparable to the entire Russian Navy, with unlimited power. I just want to enjoy the full immunity. ” “

He also said that Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is all about “warning, lies and hatred.”

At the Davos Forum, Zelensky said further sanctions on the Kremlin had to be pursued. He urged Russia’s oil embargo, a complete block of trade, and the withdrawal of foreign companies from the country.

“This is the subject of sanctions. They are at most so that all other potential invaders who want to wage a brutal war against Russia and its neighbors can clearly see the direct consequences of their actions. Must be, “said Zelensky, who received a standing ovation.

In other developments, nearly 50 defense leaders from around the world met on Monday and agreed to send more advanced weapons to Ukraine, including missiles to protect its shores, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Told Washington reporters.

On the battlefield, Russian troops have increased bombardment of Donbus, the industrial center of the eastern part of the coal mine and factory where Russia is devoted to capture.

Donetsk’s local governor, Pablo Kirirenko, said a Russian attack killed three civilians on Monday and continued fierce fighting near the Luhansk region. Donbus consists of the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk.

He said the Russians were decimating the city in an attempt to take over them. Only about 320,000 of the region’s prewar population of 1.6 million remain, he said, with Russian troops targeting evacuation efforts.

“They are killing us. They are killing the locals during the evacuation,” Kirirenko said.

On the eve of the three-month anniversary of the war, Zelensky said last week that four missiles killed 87 people in the town of Desna, 55 km (34 miles) north of Kieu. He said the dead were counted after the debris was cleared.

The Russians are now concentrating their troops in the city of Donbus, “trying to destroy all life,” Zelensky said in an evening speech to the country.

In the Luhansk region, UN spokesman Stephen Dujaric said local governments were on a single road to a partially enclosed city after the bridge leading to the administrative center of Sieviero Donetsk was destroyed. I reported that I was able to reach it.

Some who fled the Donetsk area shared their suffering.

“We couldn’t see the sun for three months. We were almost blind because we were in the dark for three months,” he said, hiding in the basement with his family and then in the school’s bomb shelter. Then, Reisa Rivalco, who fled the village of Novomi Kairifka, said. “The world should have seen it.”

Her son-in-law, Dmytro Khaliapin, said heavy artillery struck the village. “The house has been ruined,” he said. “It’s horror.”

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