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Russian Army Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen behind glass during a court hearing in kyiv, Ukraine, on Friday. He is accused of killing a Ukrainian civilian. The first war crimes trial since Moscow’s invasion of its neighbor opened on Friday.

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Russian Army Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, is seen behind glass during a court hearing in kyiv, Ukraine, on Friday. He is accused of killing a Ukrainian civilian. The first war crimes trial since Moscow’s invasion of its neighbor opened on Friday.

Efrem Lukatsky / AP

As Friday draws to a close in kyiv and Moscow, here are the key events of the day:

The first war crimes trial of the war in Ukraine began in kyiv. A Russian soldier is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed Ukrainian civilian in the northeastern village of Chupakhivka. The defendant, a captured member of a tank unit, faces life in prison.

Another first during the war: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Austin pushed for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and stressed the importance of maintaining lines of communication, the Pentagon said. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the phone call was “at the initiative of the American side,” Russia’s state news agency TASS reported, adding: “The parties discussed current international security issues, including the situation in Ukraine. “.

A Moscow court handed over the American basketball player Brittney Griner another month of preventive detention in Russia. The 31-year-old WNBA and Olympics star was arrested in February at the Moscow airport, where authorities allegedly found cannabis oil in her luggage. The Biden administration says Griner is being wrongfully detained. Her attorney, Alexander Boykov, tells NPR that Griner “has been treated well and has no concerns or complaints about her health.”

Ukrainian forces repelled Russia’s attempt to cross a key river into the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine., according to British intelligence. Russia suffered losses trying to cross the River Siverskyi Donets, the British Ministry of Defense said on Twitterincluding the “significant armored maneuver elements” of at least one battalion tactical group.

The European Union’s foreign affairs chief announced that the bloc would provide another €500 million ($520.13 million) in military support to Ukraine. Speaking to reporters at a G-7 meeting, Josep Borrell said the new tranche would increase total EU aid to Ukraine to 2 billion euros ($2.08 billion). Borrell was also confident that the bloc would soon come to an agreement on the Russian oil embargo.

Ukraine is heavy favorite to win Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Turin, Italy, at 3 pm Eastern time. The Kalush Orchestra will perform a song incorporating traditional folk melodies, costumes and instruments along with vigorous rap breaks. The band will face competition from two dozen other finalists. Russia is banned from this year’s competition.

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