A group of Russian troops who engaged in war crimes against innocent Ukrainians have been sentenced to 10 years behind bars. The following is a statement from the Special Services of Ukraine (SSU):

Such a decision was made by Chernihiv Desnyanskyi District Court. The senior sergeant of the Russian armed forces Mykhail Kulikov was found guilty of the crime under Article 438.1 of the CCU (violation of laws and customs of war) and was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison.

The basis for the indictment is the evidence collected by the Security Service of Ukraine.

It has been established that a Russian tank crewman of Russian 35th separate guards motorized rifle brigade crossed the state border of Ukraine from Belarus on February 24. Advancing in the direction of Chernihiv, his tank fired at populated areas.


On February 26, 2022, following the commander’s order, the sergeant fired at an 11-story residential building in Chernihiv, which was not a military target, but on the contrary, was inhabited exclusively by civilians.

The direct hit of a 125 mm high-explosive tank projectile destroyed several apartments.

Shortly after this episode, the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit the enemy tank and captured its crew.

Now, sergeant Mykhail Kulikov will serve a fair sentence.

The SSU will continue to investigate crimes committed by the occupying forces in Ukraine in order to bring to justice all Russian soldiers who committed crimes against civilians.

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The pre-trial investigation was carried out by the SSU Office in Chernihiv Region under the procedural supervision of Chernihiv Region Prosecutor’s Office.

In Chernihiv region, Russian armed forces destroyed or damaged over 7,000 buildings and facilities, including:

  • more than 1,000 multi-story residential buildings;
  • almost 5,500 private buildings;
  • 216 educational institutions;
  • 74 healthcare institutions;
  • 45 cultural institutions;
  • 183 life-support facilities.



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