This happened in Ukraine last night

A Russian soldier suspected of killing an unarmed 62-year-old man in Ukraine’s Sumy region will be brought to justice, Ukrainian authorities announced on Thursday. The man is the first person to be tried for war crimes in Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24.

Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said that an indictment had been issued against a 21-year-old officer belonging to a tank battalion from the Moscow region. According to the prosecution, the 21-year-old man is said to have killed the man while he was cycling along a roadside in the village of Chupachivka in northeastern Ukraine. He risks up to 15 years in prison, he said.

* Ukraine negotiates with Russia to retrieve wounded soldiers from the Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol in exchange for captured Russian soldiers. No deal yet, but negotiations are ongoing, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk wrote on Facebook.

– Until now, it was impossible to lift the blockade of Azovstal by military means. The defenders of Azovstal will not give up and become prisoners. There’s respect for that, he wrote, according to CNN.

Microchips removed from dishwasher and refrigerator

Vereshchuk said Tuesday that more than 1,000 soldiers were left at the steel mill, and hundreds of them were injured. He wrote that the government was now working on several avenues to get soldiers out of steel mills, but stressed that there was no “ideal” possibility.

* The ban on the export of microchips and other technology to Russia imposed by the United States and its allies severely affects Russia’s ability to manufacture military equipment, according to US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

He told the Senate on Wednesday that the United States had received reports from Ukraine that it had found Russian equipment that had microchips taken from dishwashers and refrigerators. Raimondo also said that two of the factories producing Russian tanks had closed, and that the country’s automaker had taken time off and closed employees’ doors.

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