Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin, who is accused of killing a 62-year-old man in northeast Ukraine just four days into the Russian invasion, pleaded guilty on Wednesday during the first war-crimes trial held since the war began. The AFP news agency reports that the hearing in a packed Kyiv courtroom is the first in a series of proceedings being brought by Ukraine against Russian servicemen who have been accused of carrying out atrocities by Kyiv and its Western allies. It is also a public test of Ukraine’s judicial system at a time when international institutions are simultaneously investigating abuses allegedly committed by Russian forces. To read more about this story visit the News Blog page on the Future Media website.