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Russian soldier pleads guilty to killing civilian in Ukraine war crimes trial

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Ukraine is holding its first war crimes trial since the war began on February 24

A 21-year-old Russian soldier is on trial pleading guilty to killing an unarmed civilian.

Vadim Shishimarin is now facing life in jail for killing the 62-year-old man only days after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The prisoner was escorted into the courtroom by heavily armed guards with the victim’s widow also present.

In court Shishimarin accepted his guilt before the judge.

The criminal was commanding a unit in a tank division when his group was attacked.

The 5 soldiers escaped by stealing a car and travelling to the nearby town of Chupakivka which is where they came across the civilian Oleksandr Shelipov.

Prosecutors allege that Shishimarin received orders to kill Shelipov shooting him in the head with a Kalashnikov assault rifle but the Kremlin has denied its involvement.

The trial was adjourned not long after the prisoner admitted his guilt with the hearing to resume on Thursday in a larger courtroom.

The BBC spoke with Shelipov’s widow she says she “feels very sorry” for the Russian soldier but assured that she could not forgive him for a crime like that.

Throughout the three months of war Ukraine has reported over 10,000 potential war crimes committed by Russia.

Ukraine’s chief prosecutor took to Twitter to say the trial is a “clear signal that every perpetrator, every person who ordered or assisted in the commission of crimes in Ukraine shall not avoid responsibility”.

Russia continues to reject that its troops ever targeted civilians.

The International Criminal Court is conducting their own investigation with 42 experts expected to arrive in the country in the coming weeks.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Google’s AI-powered search engine goes wild

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Google’s AI-powered search engine has been suggesting unconventional combinations, leaving users bewildered and even concerned at the results.

Users have taken to social media platforms to express their astonishment and amusement at the unusual search results.

Dr Karen Sutherland from UniSC joins to discuss. #featured #trending

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Tim Cook eyes a worthy successor to the Apple empire

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As Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tenure at the company enters its later years, speculation swirls regarding who will succeed the tech giant’s iconic leader.

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Canva makes a break for Broadway, AI has been likened to a ‘demigod’, astronomers develop new tech to counter asteroids and has Apple found its next successor? #featured

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Netflix CEO is confident AI will not replace writers

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Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos reassured writers that artificial intelligence won’t replace them or jeopardize their jobs.

While acknowledging AI’s role in content recommendation and production efficiency, Sarandos emphasised the importance of human creativity in crafting compelling narratives.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss.

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