Ukraine Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova announced the first war crimes prosecution of a Russian soldier since Vladimir Putin's February invasion.
Sgt. Vadim Shysimarin, 21, is facing 10 to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Ukraine’s intelligence agency, the S.B.U., found that Shysimarin shot a civilian according to a New York Times report.
"On Feb. 28, four days into Russia’s invasion, Sergeant Shysimarin and four other servicemen stole a car at gunpoint while fleeing Ukrainian forces and drove into the village of Chupakhivka in the Sumy region, about 200 miles east of Kyiv. There they saw an unarmed 62-year-old resident biking on the roadside and talking on the phone," The Times reported.
"Sergeant Shysimarin was ordered to kill the man so he would not report them. He fired a Kalashnikov rifle out of the car window at the man’s head and killed him on the spot, just a few dozen yards from his home," the newspaper explained.
In addition to Ukraine, multiple international organizations are conducting investigations of war crimes.