Russian soldier on trial in first Ukraine war-crimes case

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A Russian soldier has gone on trial in Ukraine for the killing of an unarmed civilian. 

The case that opened in Kyiv marked the first time a member of the Russian military has been prosecuted for a war crime since Russia invaded Ukraine 11 weeks ago. 

A 21-year-old captured member of a tank unit is accused of shooting a 62-year-old Ukrainian man in the head through an open car window in a northeastern village. 

The suspect, Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin, faces up to life in prison under a section of the Ukrainian criminal code that addresses the customs of war. 

The trial judges convened briefly on Friday and said the trial would resume May 18.

(Oleksandr Stashevski And Richard Lardner/The Associated Press)

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