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1st War Crimes Trial of Russian Soldier Begins in Kyiv

Russian army Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen behind a glass during a court hearing in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, May 13, 2022. T(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

The first war-crimes trial of a Russian soldier since the start of Ukraine's war opened Friday in Kyiv.

A 21-year-old captured member of a tank unit is accused of shooting to death a civilian on a bicycle during the war's first week.

Scores of journalists and cameras were packed inside a small courtroom at the Solomyanskyy district court in Kyiv, where the suspect appeared in a small glass cage.

Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin stands accused of shooting the 62-year-old man in the head through an open car window in the northeastern village of Chupakhivka.

He faces up to life in prison under the penalties spelled out in the section of the Ukrainian criminal code that addresses the laws and customs of war.