“Why Did You Do This?” The Story Behind Ukraine’s First War-Crimes Trial

From a Wall Street Journal story by Ian Lovett headlined “‘Why Did You Do This?’ The Story Behind Ukraine’s First War-Crimes Trial”:

KYIV, Ukraine—The five Russian soldiers had just rounded a corner—fleeing the Ukrainian forces in a gray Volkswagen they had commandeered—when they spotted Oleksandr Shelipov. It was around 11 a.m. on Feb. 28, and he was on the road near his home in the village of Chupakhivka, about 200 miles from Kyiv, holding a cellphone.

An officer in the front seat told Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old tank-unit sergeant, to shoot.

Sgt. Shishimarin, seated behind the driver, hesitated, according to testimony in court from multiple witnesses.