War crimes trial of Russian soldier opens in Ukraine


KYIV, Ukraine — The first trial of a Russian soldier for alleged war crimes since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has opened in Kyiv.

The 21-year-old member of a Russian tank unit is accused of shooting to death a civilian during the war’s first week.

Scores of journalists packed inside a small courtroom in the Ukrainian capital where the suspect appeared in a glass enclosure Friday.

Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin stands accused of shooting a 62-year-old man in the head. He faces up to life in prison under Ukrainian law.

Ukraine, Russia, War crimes