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Russia-Ukraine latest news: First Russian soldier to go on trial in Ukraine charged with war crimes

Residents of Mariupol on Thursday. The city remains under a brutal siege by Russian forcesCredit: REUTERS

The first Russian soldier is on Friday due to go on trial for war crimes in Ukraine, according to reports.

Vadim Shysimarin, a commander of the Kantemirovskaya Tank Division, will face a trial over the alleged murder of a 68-year-old man.

The 21-year-old, who is in Ukrainian custody, is among four Russians who are accused of targeting or killing civilians, according to files submitted by Ukraine's prosecutor general and reported by The Guardian.

Ukrainian prosecutors are considering more than 11,000 reported crimes since Putin's invasion in February.

Mr Shysimarin was fighting in the Sumy region of north east Ukraine when on Feb 28 he is alleged to have killed an unarmed civilian in the village of Chupakhivka. 

It comes as the head of an elite British Army unit said his troops are “ready to go and fight” Russia if called upon.

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100 children killed in one month

Nearly 100 children were killed in Ukraine in the past month, the UN's children's agency said on Thursday, as it warned of a "child rights crisis".

Omar Abdi, deputy executive director of Unicef, told the UN Security Council that children are paying "an unconscionably high price" in the war, with 239 confirmed killed and 355 wounded since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb 24. He said the actual numbers are much higher.

"These attacks must stop," Mr Abdi said. "Ultimately, children need an end to this war - their futures hang in the balance."

Mr Abdi said the school year came to a standstill after Russia invaded, and as of last week at least 15 of 89 Unicef-supported schools in the country's east had been damaged or destroyed in the fighting.

Millions of children have been forced to flee their homes.

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