Jimmy Hill, a Minnesota-born American, was killed in Ukraine while waiting in line for bread, his family wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.
Anton Gerashchenko, the advisor to Ukraine’s internal affairs minister, confirmed on Telegram that Hill, 67, was killed in Chernihiv on Wednesday. The city, about 80 miles from Kiev, suffered “heavy artillery” attacks by Russian forces and Ukrainian police wrote on Facebook that several US citizens died there.
Hill’s sister Cheryl Hill Gordon posted news of her brother’s death on Facebook. “She was waiting in line for bread with many other people when they were killed by Russian military snipers,” Gordon wrote. “Her body was found in the street by the local police.”
According to Gordon, Hill was in Ukraine with a friend, referred to as Ira, who was “seriously ill” and was stuck in the hospital with her when the war began on February 24.
Hill posted regularly on her Facebook page, updating friends and family about her situation. His last post was uploaded on Tuesday: “Intense bombing! Still alive. Limited food. Very cold room. Anger in ICU.”
Karin Mosley, a friend of Hill’s, told the Idaho Falls KIFI Local News 8 news station Tuesday on Tuesday that “she had no reason to believe it was safe, at all. And if she survives the bombing, how long can they last without it. they need like up to food, water and heat? “
Hill said on Facebook that the bombing of Chernihiv has been heavy since the invasion began, noting on March 1 that “No one in Chernihiv is safe.”
A statement from Hill’s other sister, Katya Hill, was posted on Gordon’s Facebook page on March 12. She said that although communication was poor, she managed to get in touch with her brother last week.
“After 14 days of bombing, the city is without electricity and gas, internet outages that prevent communication and food and water shortages. Critically and seriously ill patients in the hospital have been without heating in a very cold climate. People lined up for food were killed by the missiles, ”Katya wrote.
On Wednesday, the US Embassy in Kiev reported that 10 people lining up for bread in Chernihiv were killed by Russian forces. It is unclear whether Hill was killed in this attack.
“Such horrific attacks must stop. We are evaluating all available options to ensure accountability for any heinous crimes in Ukraine,” the embassy tweeted.
Oleksiy Arestovych, a Ukrainian presidential adviser, told Radio Svoboda, the Russian service of US-funded Radio Free Europe, “In Kiev, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, they [the Russian forces] now they are mainly on the defensive, trying to keep the areas they took. “
Chernihiv has been under heavy fire in recent weeks, as Russian forces invaded the northeastern side of the city as they attempted to surround Kiev. The airstrikes that began on February 25 have reduced parts of the city, including some residential areas, to rubble.
This was stated by Viacheslav Chaus, a Ukrainian government official Reuters that only on Wednesday 53 civilians had been killed in Chernihiv and it was not possible to verify the total number of victims in the city.
News week contacted Gordon for comment.