The first Russian soldier on trial for war crimes in Ukraine, Vadim Shishimarin, told a widow at a Kyiv court on Thursday that he is "sorry" for killing her husband during the war.
"Yes I acknowledge my fault. I understand that you will not be able to forgive me, but I am sorry," Shishimarin said.
When asked if Shishimarin repented for what he did, he replied: "Yes, I acknowledge my fault."
He also said he felt "shame."
The woman questioned the Russian soldier as to why he came to Ukraine, asking rhetorically: "Did you come to defend us? From whom? Did you defend me from my husband you killed?"
"We were ordered to come with the column, what will follow I did not know," Shishimarin said.
Some background: This is the first Ukrainian war crimes trial held since Russia invaded the country on February 24.
The 21-year-old soldier pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting an unarmed 62-year-old civilian in Ukraine’s Sumy region on the fourth day of the war and is facing a life sentence.
The trial was adjourned on Wednesday because too many members of the media were crowding the courtroom. The trial has been moved to a larger Kyiv court.