Russian soldier pleads guilty in first war crimes trial in Ukraine since its invasion 1 month ago

Russian soldier pleads guilty in first war crimes trial in Ukraine since its invasion

He has pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian.

A Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian during a war crimes trial in Ukraine, it has been reported.

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Taking place in Kyiv, the trial is the first of its kind in the country since it was invaded by Russia in February of this year.

The BBC reports that 21-year-old Vadim Shishimarin is accused of shooting a 62-year-old man four days after the invasion began on 28 February.

Prosecutors have said he was commanding a tank division unit when his convoy came under attack.

Along with four other soldiers, prosecutors stated that Shishimarin then stole a car and came across the 62-year-old man on a bicycle near the village of Chupakhivka.

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They said the 21-year-old was ordered to kill the civilian.

The BBC also reports that Shishimarin could face life in prison and that the trial has been postponed until Thursday.

Russia has denied that its forces have targeted civilians in Ukraine.