Ukraine prepares first war crimes trial for a Russian soldier

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Zaporizhia, Ukraine

Ukraine’s top prosecutor unveiled plans Wednesday for the first-ever war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier, as fighting continued in the east and south and the Kremlin left open the possibility of annexing a corner of the country it took over. start of the invasion.

Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said her office has charged Sergeant Vadin Shyshimarin, 21, with the murder of a 62-year-old unarmed civilian who was shot while riding a bicycle in February, four days into the war.

Shyshimarin, who served in a tank unit, was accused of shooting through a car window at the man in the northeastern village of Chupakhivka. Ms Venediktova said the soldier could receive up to 15 years in prison. She did not say when the trial would start.

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