Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin pleaded guilty to war crimes in Ukraine on Wednesday in a court in Kiev. This is the first such process with a Russian soldier since the beginning of the Russian invasion of a neighboring country. TASR took over the report from AFP. Shishimarin, 21, was facing war crimes charges and a planned murder in connection with the killing of a 62-year-old man in northeastern Ukraine. Sergeant Shishimarin was a member of the Russian tank battalion. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison, the BBC reported last week. Shishimarin then received a preliminary hearing before the court. The indictment alleges that the accused, along with other soldiers, was traveling in a stolen vehicle in the area around the Ukrainian city of Sumy when they met a 62-year-old civilian. He was just using a cell phone. Sergeant Shishimarin has been ordered to fire at the man in order to prevent him from announcing the position of Russian troops to Ukrainian defenders, the AFP said.
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