Putin urged to stop ‘failed’ Ukraine invasion by ‘regrettable’ Russian war criminals – World News

Alexander Bobykin, 26, said Putin’s invasion was a mistake that should be stopped “now” after he pleaded guilty to violating the laws of war and was jailed for 12 years

Russian war criminal Alexander Bobykin told how he wished for Vladimir Putin "The bloody conflict would end"
Russian war criminal Alexander Bobykin said he wished Putin’s “bloody conflict would end”.

A Russian war criminal has called Vladimir Putin’s war “a mistake” and said he “would like to end the bloody conflict”.

Alexander Bobykin, 26, said “Putin should end the war now” and branded it a failure after admitting to violating the laws and customs of war in Ukraine.

He and fellow fighter Alexander Ivanov, 21, were in an artillery unit that fired at least 38 rockets at civilians and blew up a school in the early stages of the invasion.

The couple pleaded guilty last week to “violating the laws and customs of war,” with the judge commenting that their guilt was “fully proven.”

Both men were sentenced to 12 years in prison by the Kotelevska District Court in Poltava on Tuesday. The sun reports.

Ukrainian troops retreated from the front lines near the Donbass city of Sloviansk on June 1


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Bobykin told the publication that Putin’s war was a “failure” and that everything was a mistake before he was taken to his cell.

He insisted he regretted his actions and would even defect and join the Ukrainian armed forces before being handcuffed again and taken away with his co-accused Ivanov.

“I want to join the Ukrainian military,” he said in a surreal exchange.

“Putin should end the war now. It’s a mistake. The war is a failure.

Bobykin said he wanted to leave Putin’s army and join the Ukrainian armed forces


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“I am satisfied with my detention conditions. My family knows I’m here. I changed my mind about what I did. My judgment is true.”

During the hearing, Bobykin and Ivanov sat behind bulletproof glass, their faces expressionless, as the judge announced his verdict.

The couple were arrested after crossing the border thanks to a specialized police investigation.

They were described as an artilleryman and gunner whose unit shot down Grad rockets from Belgorod, Russia.

A school in the city of Derhachi was destroyed in the shelling, but no casualties were reported, according to prosecutors.

Heavy clashes between Ukrainian and Russian troops see smoke rising in Severodonetsk


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When asked if Putin was a failure, Bobykin replied “yes”.

Bobykin and Ivanov remained silent during the hour-long hearing before the judge, judicial officials and members of the Kharkiv Prosecutor’s Office.

They were closely monitored by armed police after they pleaded guilty to violating the laws and customs of war last week.

Judge Evhen Bolybok outlined the case and told the court that a platoon from her unit’s first artillery battery had been ordered to “shoot” at around 5 p.m. on February 2.

Children play on a wrecked car in a residential area of ​​Mariupol on May 29


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The first fire platoon was stationed near the village of Malinovka in Belgorod, where the battery commander gave the order.

“After receiving this order, the commander, aware of the consequences in the form of warfare prohibited by international law, other violations of laws and customs of war, returned a special key and pressed the button to open fire with BM21 ‘Hagel’, covered through Bobykin’s criminal intent,” the judge said.

A “salvo” of 38 rockets was then fired as a result of these actions, he added.

A destroyed building in the town of Rubishne in the Lugansk region of Ukraine on June 1



On orders, Bobykins then left his firing position and 20 minutes later arrived near Malinovka, where the commander “launched BM21 healing missiles,” it said.

The judge also told the court that he believed Bobykin and Ivanov’s guilt was “fully established.”

Kharkiv authorities welcomed the fact that the convictions were two of more than 1,000 war crimes under investigation and 14,000 cases nationwide.

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