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Russian soldier pleads guilty in first war crimes trial of Ukraine conflict

BBC, 19 May 2022
A Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian, in Ukraine's first war crimes trial since the war began.

Vadim Shishimarin admitted shooting a 62-year-old man, who was allegedly on a bicycle, near the village of Chupakhivka in the eastern Sumy region of Ukraine.

The 21-year-old faces life in prison. Prosecutors say more trials are to come, after identifying other potential war crimes committed by Russian soldiers.

Moscow has denied its troops have targeted civilians.

BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford reports from Kyiv.

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