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Evacuation of soldiers from the Azovstal metallurgical plant.

Ukrainian servicemen sit in bus during evacuation from Azovstal blockade metallurgical plant in Mariupol Photo: Alessandro Guerra / EPA
Within weeks, hundreds of troops were hidden in vines of tunnels and bunkers under metallurgical plants as Russian forces took control of the rest of the city.
Within weeks, hundreds of troops were hidden in vines of tunnels and bunkers under metallurgical plants as Russian forces took control of the rest of the city. Photo: Alexander Ermachenko / Reuters
Russian military equipment accompanies buses with Ukrainian servicemen evacuated from the blockaded metallurgical plant Azovstal in Mariupol
Russian military equipment accompanies buses with Ukrainian servicemen evacuated from the blockaded metallurgical plant Azovstal in Mariupol Photo: Alessandro Guerra / EPA

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The fate of hundreds of Ukrainian servicemen who stopped a week-long resistance at Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant after militants surrendered and were transferred to Russian-controlled territory remains unclear.

Ukraine’s deputy defense minister said they would be exchanged for prisoners, but some Russian officials said on Tuesday they could be tried and even executed. Russia’s State Duma deputies have said they will propose new laws that could disrupt the exchange of captured fighters, whom Moscow calls “terrorists.”

Russian investigators say they plan to interrogate the military and may accuse them of “crimes committed by the Ukrainian regime against civilians in southeastern Ukraine.”

Tuesday night seven Buses with Ukrainian servicemen left the Azovstal plant in the port city and arrived at the former colony in the Russian-controlled city of Olenovka in Donetsk. This was reported by Reuters.

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Here’s more about the war crimes trial that is set to begin today.

21-year-old Vadim Shyshimarin will appear in the Solomyansky district court of Kyiv on charges of war crimes and premeditated murder in connection with the death of a 62-year-old man in the north-east of the country from 14:00 (11:00 GMT). Ukraine February 28.

A soldier from Irkutsk in Siberia faces life imprisonment.

“He understands what he is accused of,” his lawyer Viktor Ovsyannikov told AFP, without disclosing arguments to the defense.

Ukrainian authorities say he is cooperating with the investigation and acknowledging the incident, which took place just four days after the Russian invasion began.

Prosecutors said Shishimarin was in command of a tank division when his convoy was attacked.

He and four other servicemen stole a car and collided with a 62-year-old man on a bicycle while driving near the village of Shupakhovka in the Sumy region.

“One of the servicemen ordered the accused to kill a civilian so that he would not report them,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Shishimarin then fired a Kalashnikov from a car window, and “the man died instantly, a few dozen meters from his home,” they added.

Vladislav Raenko and his girlfriend visit the grave of Raenko's father Vladimir Roenko at the cemetery in Harvey (Ukraine).  Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin has been charged with Roenko's death.
Vladislav Raenko and his girlfriend visit the grave of Raenko’s father Vladimir Roenko at the cemetery in Harvey (Ukraine). Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin has been charged with Roenko’s death. Photo: Ken Cedeno / UPI / REX / Shutterstock

In early May, Ukrainian authorities announced his arrest, without giving details, posting a video in which Shishimarin said he had come to fight in Ukraine to “financially support his mother.”

He explained his actions as follows: “I was ordered to shoot, I shot him once. He fell, and we continued on our way. “

His lawyer said the case proved difficult. “This is the first such case in Ukraine with such an accusation. There is no relevant legal practice and verdicts in such cases. We will find out, ”he said.

Chief Prosecutor of Ukraine Irina Venediktov in a series of tweets stressed the importance of the case for her country.

“We have more than 11,000 war crimes cases and 40 suspects,” she said.

“With this first trial, we are sending a clear signal that every criminal, every person who ordered or facilitated the commission of crimes in Ukraine, will not escape responsibility.”

Two Russian servicemen are to stand trial on Thursday for rocket fire at civilian infrastructure in the northeast of the Kharkiv region.

Hello and welcome to The Guardian live Ukraine crisis.

The big news today is that the first war crimes trial after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine will begin in Kyiv. It is against a Russian soldier accused of killing an unarmed civilian, a 62-year-old man in northeastern Ukraine, a few days after the invasion began.

The trial, which is expected to be followed by several others, will test Ukraine’s justice system at a time when international institutions are also conducting their own investigations into abuses committed by Russian forces.

21-year-old Vadim Shyshimarin will stand trial in the Solomensky district court of Kyiv on charges of war crimes and premeditated murder, a soldier from Irkutsk in Siberia faces life imprisonment.

Here’s what else you need to know:

  • The International Criminal Court on Tuesday sent a team of 42 people to Ukraine to investigate alleged war crimes after the Russian invasion in the largest such deployment in its history.
  • The United States will set up a new unit to investigate, document and publish alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine. The Conflict Observatory “will collect, analyze and make widely available evidence of war crimes and other atrocities committed by Russia in Ukraine,” the US State Department said.
  • Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine remainedofficials said Tuesday when both sides blamed and Moscow indicated a return to talks could be difficult. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov He said he believed a peace deal could not be reached if the negotiators tried to “shift the dialogue” to focus on what the West had to say, rather than on the immediate situation in Ukraine. This rules out the possibility of progress in the negotiations, he added. “We always say we are ready for negotiations … but we have not been given another choice,” Lavrov said.
  • The fate of more than 260 Ukrainian servicemen who stopped a week-long resistance at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol remains unclear., after the fighters surrendered and were transferred to Russian-controlled territory. The Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine stated that they will be exchanged prisoners, but some Russian officials have said they could be tried or even executed.
  • Eight people were killed and 12 were injured in a missile strike by Russia on the village of Desna in the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. The governor of the region Vyacheslav Chavus, said Russia launched four missiles around 5 a.m. local time on Tuesday. According to him, two rockets hit buildings in the village.
  • A village in Russia’s western Kursk province bordering Ukraine came under fire from Ukrainianssaid the governor of the area, but no one was injured.

We’ll be blogging throughout the day, so keep an eye out for how we’ll bring you news as they appear.

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