A still from a video of Russian tank commander Vadim Shysimarin, who is in Ukrainian custody.

21-year-old Russian soldier Vadim Shysimarin is accused of killing of an unarmed civilian near Kyiv.
Prosecutors say he was ordered to shoot the man through an open car window in February. 
The trial, set to start Friday, is the first war crimes trial in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion.

A 21-year-old Russian soldier is the first to stand trial for war crimes committed during the invasion of Ukraine, according to Ukrainian officials.

Tank commander Vadim Shysimarin is accused of the murder of a 62-year-old unarmed civilian in Chupakhivka, a village in northeast Ukraine’s Sumy region, Prosecutor General Irina Venedyktova announced.

Venedyktova said that on February 28, Shysimarin shot at the man —who was on a bicycle and talking on the phone — from an open car window. 

Shysimarin and four other Russian soldiers had been fleeing Ukrainian forces and fired at and stole a car to escape, Venedyktova wrote. As the car drove away, Shysimarin was ordered “to kill [the] civilian so that he would not report them to Ukrainian defenders,” she alleged.

Shysimarin is in Ukrainian custody and is due to make his first court appearance Friday, The Guardian reported.

“Investigators have gathered enough evidence of his involvement in violating the laws and customs of war, combined with premeditated murder,” Venedyktova wrote. It would mean 10 to 15 years imprisonment, or potentially a life sentence, she said. 

Shysimarin appeared in a short video posted on May 4 by Ukraine’s security service, in which he described the shooting, the Associated Press reported. 

“I was ordered to shoot,” said Shyshimarin, wearing a blue and gray hooded sweatshirt. “I shot one (round) at him. He falls. And we kept on going.” 

Venedyktova did not identify the alleged victim or the soldier who gave …read more

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