AP Update on Russia-Ukraine War

From apnews.com:

KYIV, Ukraine — A Russian soldier facing the first war crimes trial since the start of the war has pleaded guilty to charges of killing a Ukrainian civilian.

Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin pleaded guilty to the charges during his trial in Kyiv on Wednesday. The 21-year-old soldier could get life in prison if convicted of shooting a Ukrainian man in the head through an open car window in a village in the northeastern Sumy region on Feb. 28, four days into the invasion.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has previously said her office was readying war crimes cases against 41 Russian soldiers for offenses including bombing civilian infrastructure, killing civilians, rape and looting.

It was not immediately clear how many of the suspects are in Ukrainian hands and how many could be tried in absentia.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

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— NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland, Sweden apply

— In Ukraine, limbs lost and lives devastated in an instant

— Europe’s push to cut Russian gas faces a race against winter

— Follow AP’s coverage of the war in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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