Footage from the video of the commander of the Russian tank Vadim Shisimarin, who on May 18, 2022 pleaded guilty to killing a civilian.

  • A Russian serviceman pleaded guilty in a Kyiv court to killing an unarmed civilian.
  • This is the first war crimes trial since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Vadim Shishimarin admitted that the man he was riding while riding a bicycle did not pose a threat.
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A Russian serviceman pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing an unarmed civilian in Ukraine.

His verdict is the first of a war crimes trial involving the Russian invasion. Ukrainian officials say thousands more cases have been opened.

Tank commander Vadim Shishimarin, 21, appeared in court in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

He was accused of killing a 62-year-old unarmed civilian on a bicycle on February 28 in the village of Chupakhovka in northeastern Ukraine, Sumy Oblast.

Prosecutors said he shot a civilian from an open car window.

The BBC and Reuters reported his guilty plea on Wednesday and said he could face life in prison if convicted.

Russia denies that its army targeted civilians.

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