/Russian soldier pleads guilty during Ukraine's first war crimes trial | USA TODAY

Russian soldier pleads guilty during Ukraine's first war crimes trial | USA TODAY


Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to shooting a Ukrainian man in the head.

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Shishimarin could get life in prison for shooting the 62-year-old Ukrainian man. Shishimarin was among a group of Russian troops that fled Ukrainian forces on Feb. 28, prosecutors say. The Russians allegedly fired at a private car and seized the vehicle, then drove to Chupakhivka, a village about 200 miles east of Kyiv.

On the way, prosecutors say Russian soldiers saw a man walking on the sidewalk and talking on his phone. Shyshimarin was ordered to kill the man so he could not report them to Ukrainian military authorities. Who gave the order was not revealed.

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