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Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine's 1st war crimes trial

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ELENA BECATOROS, OLEKSANDR STASHEVSKYI and RICARDO MAZALAN
Created: May 23, 2022 09:20 AM

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - A Russian soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a Ukrainian civilian was sentenced to life in prison.

The sentencing Monday came in the first war crimes trial since Moscow invaded three months ago.

That war has unleashed a brutal conflict that has led to accusations of atrocities, left thousands dead, driven millions from their homes and flattened whole swaths of cities.

In a rare public expression of opposition to the war from the ranks of the Russian elite, a veteran diplomat resigned and sent a letter to foreign colleagues in which he said he had never been so ashamed as on the day Moscow invaded.

Since then, a stiff Ukrainian resistance has bogged Russian troops down as they attempt to press an offensive in the eastern Donbas region.

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ELENA BECATOROS, OLEKSANDR STASHEVSKYI and RICARDO MAZALAN

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